The Trade Deadline is months away, but its not too soon to talk trade in the NHL these days. With quite a few teams in the playoff picture, it only creates more of a pressure cooker when it comes to player movement.
If this pace continues, look for quite a few teams to make trades to bolster their lineups, give an extra piece to the puzzle, or in some instances, get some insurance just in case an injury happens.
It just so happens the deadline is months away, so in reality, you can't really give an accurate assessment on which teams will be shopping and specifically, which teams will be looking for defenceman.
In this article, we will focus on the teams that are in need of an upgrade to their defence, rather than predict teams who'll be looking for defence, because every team will be looking to upgrade their defence at the deadline.
Some teams on the surface may appear to be strong on defence, but in the end, could've lost a player already to a devastating injury, or already dealt a defender or two before the deadline.
All depth charts are courtesy of theHockeyNews.com.