There’s a lot of hype and excitement over the draft, and it will do a lot to shape every NHL franchise’s forthcoming season.
But one other important factor has yet to play out – and that’s free agency.
That’s when the biggest deals will be done, or so the NHL betting tips suggest, and when all 30 teams have access to every unrestricted free agent.
There are plenty of big names there this year including Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Alexander Semin, who will each draw the most attention.
But don’t forget other top-class players like Jaromir Jagr, Dennis Wideman and Shane Doan, who are all also be available to new homes.
Here is a quick look at some potential new teams for the free agents and deals that are likely to get done sooner rather than later.
One persistent rumour surrounding Zach Parise is that he could be on his way to Philadelphia to become a Flyer.
The Flyers will have to clear some cap space to make a run at Parise but, if Jaromir Jagr and Matt Carle leave to free agency, then the Flyers might be able to afford Parise.
The recent trade of James van Riemsdyk would indicate that this is a realistic possibility, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he ended up in Philadelphia.
We’ve already mentioned Jaromir Jagr, and if Philadelphia are looking to clear some space on their cap then Jagr is an obvious candidate.
Detroit have been interested in him before and are reported to have made a $2.5 million dollar offer last year before Jagr decided to stay with the Flyers.
Jagr has proved last season that he is still more than competent at NHL level and he provides a good option for the Red Wings, especially if Jiri Hudler moves on.
Those who regularly tune in to watch live hockey online will tell you that Edmonton are a team that need to add to their defensive strength, and Matt Carle, who has spent the last four seasons in Philadelphia, would fit the bill more than adequately.
He has plenty of experience and could provide some of the qualities that Edmonton need at the defensive end of the ice.
He would also be closer to his home in Alaska, which is apparently something he desires, and it’s a move that would also suit the Flyers, as it would give them some cap space in their pursuit of Zach Parise.