This year's NHL Entry Draft has the potential to be one of the most dynamic drafts in recent memory.
There is lots of speculation that many teams will be looking to not only draft some young talented prospects, but acquire a few impact players and save some of that hard earned salary cap cash to sign those chosen few restricted free agents from their rosters.
Boston, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Carolina, and Ottawa are five teams that will be looking to make a big splash when the annual Entry Draft gets underway Friday night in Los Angeles.
These teams all have unique situations.
Some of these teams are better than the 2009-10 regular season records would indicate—Tampa Bay and Carolina.
Carolina's rough start and key injuries cost them a chance at getting, at least, to the dance in 2009-10. They have a good core of players with key decisions needing to be made about some veteran players. GM Jim Rutherford traded away some of those vets and depth this past trade deadline and he is looking to fill those spots with youth.
Tampa Bay has a new lease on life, a new outlook and a smart fellow named Steve Yzerman running the ship. Time will tell if "Stevie Y is the guy", but this draft, his first as GM, will be an excellent opportunity to strengthen the Lightning for the future.
While Atlanta and Ottawa are in need of re-tooling there clubs both through free agency (Atlanta) and through trades (Ottawa). Atlanta has options of building through the draft, starting Friday or making some serious trade offers as they have salary cap space. Atlanta is no where near the cap floor limit of $41.7M.
The Boston Bruins who are sitting pretty with the second and 15th overall picks is the one team that went farther in the post season than any of these teams, can look to forward to this draft as a way to improve the current roster and add some youth.