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Prepare For Action At The NHL Draft

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

- What will happen to Vincent Lecavalier, whom Hextall inherited and who would like out after seeing his role diminished (along with his play) under Craig Berube? Braydon Coburn's name has regularly come up in potential trade talk. Could there possibly be a deal in the works to move up and nab the No. 1 pick and tab Ekblad as the man to finally fill the void left by Chris Pronger's untimely departure due to injury? Stay tuned.

- Speaking of trades, here's a list of players whom we'll be keeping an eye on as potentially headed to new destinations by the end of the draft (and this doesn't include potential unrestricted free agents whose rights could be moved ahead of the July 1 free-agency period): Kesler, Spezza, Joe Thornton, James Neal, Dion Phaneuf, Keith Yandle, Brandon Sutter (if the Penguins go after Kesler), Patrik Berglund and Sam Gagner....

- Remember when new Edmonton GM Craig MacTavish promised he wasn't afraid to make significant changes to get the floundering Oilers over the hump? Come on, think hard. Yes, it does seem like a long time ago and persistent losing does have an impact on memory, but he did say it. At some point you've got to figure it'll happen and maybe it'll start at this draft....


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