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Team Needs As The NHL Draft Approaches

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

There will be trades and surprises and all sorts of machinations as the day progresses, but here's a team-by-team look at what each organization could be looking to do when they set up on the floor of Prudential Center for Sunday's 2013 NHL Draft

New York Rangers: The Rangers have five picks, but won't make their first selection until the third round, where they have three picks.

With Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard and J.T. Miller, the Rangers have three quality young centers to build around. Adding offensive talent on the wings likely will be the team's first choice.

Toronto Maple Leafs: The Maple Leafs will look to improve the depth of their talent pool under general manager Dave Nonis. The team has a pick in each round this year and should be able to do just that, although finding a sniper might be a little easier than a high-end defenseman. 

The team certainly has stocked up in recent drafts on defense with Morgan Rielly, Matthew Finn and Stuart Percy in the fold. Offensively, Joe Colborne gave the fan base good reason to get excited last year, and right wing Tyler Biggs will do the same as some point down the road.

The club will likely be looking to draft a center in the first round and then go with the best-available. There might be many high-end prospects left on the board when the Maple Leafs are ready to select at No. 21, including wings Ryan Hartman, Zach Nastasiuk and Kerby Rychel.

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