The NHL season is just about over as the LA Kings and New Jersey Devils get ready to play the Stanley Cup Final, but for other teams, it's the start of the next year as they look to bolster their roster enough to make a run at next year's playoffs.
The off-season begins with the upcoming draft, and the latest projections for the entire first round are now on the Internet. Some big changes have occurred over the last couple of weeks, and now more offensive minded players are cracking the top ten prospects for next month's draft.
Columbus has a big decision as they need more offense, but the best player available when they make the second pick is Ryan Murray, the best all-around defenseman in the draft. The team made some big free agent signings last year but struggled all year, and now they must begin adding more players or risk struggling for several more years. The decision they make will create a domino effect for the rest of the first round, but the Blue Jackets need to add a player that can help quickly, and Murray fits that need.
Montreal is another team that struggled last year, and the Canadiens need to start playing better hockey or risk losing more of their fan base. The latest from NHL.com has the team taking young center Mikhail Grigorenko who has dominated play for Quebec in the QMJHL and would give Montreal a much-needed boost on offense.
The hockey draft is more like baseball as players often serve time in the lower leagues before making the jump to the big time. There are a few players that can help teams immediately and those teams that need help will hope they make the right choices next month and add that special player that can lift a team to the playoffs next season.