The first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft is just three days away, and rumors of high-profile trades to come are flying fast and furious.
With the event almost at hand, first-round picks are, as would be expected, often the headlines of these potential deals. Six of the 30 selections to come on Friday evening have already changed hands at least once, and plenty more exchanges will likely occur before the week winds down.
We take a look at several teams who are in the best position to move their first-round pick, whether they're claiming several other selections in the draft, acquiring picks for upcoming drafts, taking on already-developed prospects, or even landing a much-needed veteran in return.
They'll be sacrificing the addition of a potential future star to their franchise, but, as it is often the case for a handful of teams, there are quite a few looming holes to fill that must take priority.
Here are the five franchises with the biggest reasons to shop around their first-round pick this year.