NHL Draft 2014: Burning Questions Ahead of This Year's Event

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NHL Draft 2014: Burning Questions Ahead of This Year's Event
Bill Kostroun/Associated Press

The 2014 Draft is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, although the actual drafting of players is probably the least interesting part of the process.

With all 30 general managers under the same roof for two days, there's an increased likelihood of trades. Will the Ottawa Senators deal Jason Spezza? Will the Vancouver Canucks find a taker for Ryan Kesler? Will Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau agree to waive their no-movement clauses if the San Jose Sharks find a suitable trade partner?

It's also the final days before free agency, so players and teams could be feeling the pressure to get deals done.

And also there is Aaron Ekblad, the likely No. 1 pick. The Florida Panthers hold the top pick, but are looking to move it.

All these story lines and more will unfold starting Friday.

 

(All statistics via NHL.com)

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