Five Teams That Need to Have a Big Draft

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Johnny Gaudreau (left) and Ryan Merkley. Photo by Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports.

Johnny Gaudreau (left) and Ryan Merkley. Photo by Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports.

The draft is one of the most important events of the year for an NHL franchise and the stakes are obvious: the opportunity to land potential game-breakers and elite talents that, if all works out, will one day lead your team to a championship. The Tampa Bay Lightning just demonstrated this fact with their Stanley Cup-winning roster, which boasted everyone from first-rounders Victor Hedman and Andrei Vasilevskiy to late-round gems such as Ondrej Palat and steals like Nikita Kucherov (second round) and Brayden Point (third round).