While the NHL will spend two days casting its gaze on hundreds of 18-year-old prospects at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the focus in Calgary will be on a 27-year-old veteran.
If, in fact, general manager Brad Treliving agrees with the ever-growing belief in Calgary that it’s time for Johnny Gaudreau to be traded, it’s expected to happen during the NHL’s virtual draft next week.
Treliving has a history of using the two-day event to effect significant change to his roster with big trades, and given the team’s latest first-round exit, there’s plenty of reason to believe this year will be no different.
Or, will the flat cap further complicate a trade of such significance and play a role in ensuring the GM stands pat by doing little more than drafting six or seven players and filling his hole in net and on the blue line with unrestricted free agents?
With five of his defencemen tabbed to hit the open market Oct. 9, it wouldn’t be surprising if he used the draft to trade for an impact defender.