By the time the NHL draft is over, the teams will have their new roster.
The next few weeks are going to be exciting for the NHL, and if the new additions have any sort of impact on the way the league is viewed in the U.S., Canada and around the world, it could have major ramifications for the way things are done in the NHL.
It’s been an offseason filled with drama and a lot of the best and brightest are now ready to return to the fold and help build their teams.
The draft has been the most tumultuous part of the NHL calendar thus far, and that is not a coincidence.
There are a lot more players available in the league than at any other time in recent memory.
There is an abundance of talent available for every position on the roster.
In fact, the league has had just nine players taken in the past 10 drafts, and only two of those players were from the U,S.
There have been a lot fewer players available at this time of year, and with the draft coming up in two weeks, that is the perfect time to start picking a team to look out for.
Here are the best picks for each team heading into the draft.
Buffalo Sabres (22) – There are only seven teams in the entire NHL that have fewer picks than the Buffalo Sabres, and those seven teams all have a number of stars in the fold: Tyler Myers, Rasmus Ristolainen, Connor Carrick, Jaccob Slavin, J.T. Compher, Rasmuss Valk, James Wisniewski and Rasmus Dahlin.
All seven of those guys were selected in the first round of the draft last season.
The Sabres, meanwhile, have four of the seven players in the draft and all of them are players who have been in the lineup with Buffalo for years.
With that, the Sabres have plenty of options to choose from in the top 10.
Florida Panthers (19) The Panthers have one of the better prospects in the group at the position, and they’ve already had some success with their first-round pick in this year’s draft.
The Panthers have made a name for themselves by developing players such as Jonathan Huberdeau, Ivan Provorov, Jannik Hansen and Jussi Jokinen.
There has been some question whether they could get a bigger name in the future, but with the top-six available, the Panthers could be able to go the other way and select a player who is already in the organization.
Nashville Predators (20) Nashville is going to have to deal with a lot in the coming weeks, and one of their biggest headaches is going back to the top of the standings.
With a number in the teens heading into next year’s expansion draft, Nashville will be looking to make some noise and potentially find some success.
They have some good young prospects, like Nikita Zadorov and Ryan Ellis, and there is also some potential at the top.
There could also be some young talent in the form of Filip Forsberg, and a few veteran names on the board.
Calgary Flames (18) When the Flames are looking to fill a need, they typically look for players who can contribute in multiple ways.
That could be as simple as adding a veteran winger to the mix or a defenseman who is capable of playing a forward role.
The Flames are going into the second season of a rebuilding rebuild, and it is a process that is going through the wringer.
The team will be adding some new faces, but it will also be dealing with some old ones.
Montreal Canadiens (19/21) In a draft where players can be selected in multiple rounds, there is going a chance that the Habs could be in need of a defenseman.
The Canadiens have a pair of first-rounder in the class, which are both prospects who are capable of contributing in multiple roles.
With the top two picks in the upcoming draft coming from outside of North America, the Habers will need to be able and willing to move on from some of their young prospects.
Nashville Coyotes (18/20)The Coyotes have had their fair share of turnover throughout the draft process, and this is no different.
There will be some change in the team as the draft approaches, but the Coyotes have a couple of options that could be of interest to them.
First, they could look to add a veteran forward to their group, and second, they can look to bolster their defensive corps with a couple players who are already in town.
New York Islanders (20/21)/Chicago Blackhawks (19)/Arizona Coyotes (19)*The Islanders and Blackhawks are both looking to improve their rosters, and the two clubs have a few different ideas for what