The NHL draft (June 27-28) in Philadelphia is fast approaching, leaving hockey fans wondering which prospects their favorite teams will select—especially in the opening round.
It's also a time when trade rumors significantly increase. With the playoffs over, all 30 NHL teams can now make trades with each other.
With the draft sandwiched between the end of the playoffs and the July 1 start date for unrestricted free agency, speculation always rises over blockbuster deals involving NHL superstars.
It's something of an NHL offseason tradition.
Given James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail's report that the salary cap could rise from $64.3 million to $69.6 million in 2014-15, the limited depth in this summer's free-agent market and the possibility that at least one top-10 pick could be dealt, this year's draft could be the busiest in years for trade activity.
Here's a look at recent media trade chatter heading toward the 2014 NHL draft. The talent level of the players, their availability and the value of the draft picks on this list factored into the rankings.
Feel free to weigh in with your opinions. Act fast, as some of these rumored deals could take place when the curtain rises on the opening round of the draft on June 27.