As the 2015 NHL draft draws near, the trade rumor mill has ramped up. While it's not unusual for trades and speculation to increase at this time of year, there seems to be more chatter involving notable stars in comparison to recent years.
A marginal increase in next season's salary cap, a high number of NHL teams carrying large payrolls and lack of depth in the free-agent market are responsible for the recent rumors. Notable players, such as Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp and New York Islanders winger Kyle Okposo, could be on the move during the draft.
Here's a look at the latest trade rumors heading into the NHL draft. Player talent, contract, salary-cap space and roster need are factored into this ranking.