There are two ways that draft picks can be used to help a franchise. The first: Drafting talented prospects who may one day guide your team to hockey glory. The second: Using picks as an asset to trade for players who have already proven themselves in the NHL.
General managers across the league face the challenge of taking either of those paths, both of which can either produce a perennial playoff contender or a club that doesn't make the cut.
In last year's draft, 69 of the draft's 211 picks were traded away to other teams with 20 of those selections falling to three or more different organizations before a player's name was called. Draft day trades and deadline deals alike sent scores of players to new teams.
We have narrowed the 69 trades down to five that are sure to have a resounding impact on several franchises for years to come.