The season may have only started a week ago, but teams are already thinking of ways they can potentially improve their teams.
The NHL is currently filled with teams that will look to address some of their defensive concerns when the trade deadline approaches in February.
Let's take an early look at nine teams who will be shopping for a defenseman at the deadline and who their ideal target is. I chose the number nine because there are only nine months until the free-agent frenzy of July.
The market for top-notch defenders is really slim pickings, so a player may appear more than once in this slideshow.