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Metropolitan Division team needs for 2015 draft

by Adam Kimelman / Columbus Blue Jackets


The 2015 NHL Draft will be a great opportunity for teams to shore up positions of need with an injection of energetic, young talent.

As the first round of the draft draws near, there's no better time to take a glimpse at the possible draft needs of all 30 teams.

While there still may be trades and surprises in the works leading up to the draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., the priorities likely will remain the same. Here's a breakdown of what Metropolitan Division teams could be looking to do when they arrive in Florida.

The first round of the draft is Friday, June 26 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports); rounds 2-7 will be held Saturday (10 a.m. ET; NHLN-US, TVA Sports).

Keep in mind the possible fits for each team are based on draft position. Teams are listed in alphabetical order.

CAROLINA HURRICANES

Top priority: Scoring upgrade

The situation: The Hurricanes have ranked in the bottom third of the League in scoring the past two seasons; this season they were 27th with 2.23 goals per game. Upgrading the offense with one of the highly talented forwards that will be available with the No. 5 pick is imperative, potentially one who could contribute next season.

Possible fits: Lawson Crouse, LW, Kingston (OHL); Mitchell Marner, C, London (OHL); Mikko Rantanen, RW, TPS (FIN)

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Top priority: Defensive depth

The situation: The Blue Jackets have spent the past few seasons adding talented offensive players. Among them are forwards Alexander Wennberg and Marko Dano, who earned full-time NHL spots this season, and Kerby Rychel, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Sonny Milano, who could be close to joining them. With the eighth pick of the first round, they will set their sights on a defenseman; general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said during the NHL Scouting Combine that defense would be a priority.

Possible fits: Ivan Provorov, D, Brandon (WHL); Zachary Werenski, D, Michigan (BIG10); Jakub Zboril, D, Saint John (QMJHL)

Read the rest of the Metropolitan Division team needs HERE.
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