VOORHEES, N.J. -- Trade talk is usually par for the course in the days leading up to the NHL Draft. It's never too surprising to find the Philadelphia Flyers in the middle of such talk, either.
That's especially true this year, when for the first time in the Flyers' 46-year history, they will be hosting the draft, at Wells Fargo Center. The first round will be held Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN) and rounds 2-7 will be Saturday (10 a.m. ET; NHLN-US, NHLN-CA).
One day after what could be considered his busiest day since taking over as general manager in May, Ron Hextall was at the Flyers' practice facility Tuesday to discuss the draft and the possibility of a trade at some point this weekend.
"We'll look at trading up if we can, but we won't trade up if we're going to get a similar player at where we are drafting right now in the first round," said Hextall, whose team has the 17th choice in the first round. "There is separation from the top of the draft and where we are drafting, so we'll look to trade up.
"There's no [Sidney] Crosby or [Drew] Doughty in this draft, but there will be some good players taken. It's a decent draft but lacking high-end type guys that some drafts produce."