The Edmonton Oilers are going to take Connor McDavid.
The Buffalo Sabres are going to take Jack Eichel.
But what the Arizona Coyotes do with the third overall pick at Friday’s draft remains very much up in the air.
General manager Don Maloney has not ruled out trading the pick, which could be used to select a d-man like Noah Hanifin or a forward like Dylan Strome or Mitch Marner.
“We know we need assets,” Maloney said.
So perhaps the Coyotes trade the third overall pick for two later picks. Or perhaps it’s for a pick and a player that’s already in the NHL. Remember that the Coyotes’ payroll for next season, as we noted a couple of weeks ago, is currently well below the salary floor. They’ll need to add contracts at some point this offseason, whether through trade or free agency.
Related: Coyotes ‘open for business’ as draft day nears
Two more names that won’t be back with the Edmonton Oilers next season:
This news comes a couple of days after it was reported the Oilers had fired both their head of amateur scouting, Stu MacGregor, and head of pro scouting, Morey Gare.
Amateur scouts Brad Davis and Kent Hawley were also reportedly relieved of their duties as part of the massive hockey-ops reorganization under CEO Bob Nicholson and GM Peter Chiarelli.
Related: MacT to remain with Oilers, will be Chiarelli’s ‘No. 2 guy’
Hey, did you hear the NHL Entry Draft is this week? It’s been in the news a bit.
For United States viewers, click here to read all about NBCSN’s plans for televising Friday’s first round.
Friday’s coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with a 30-minute pre-draft special. Then comes the draft at 7 p.m., live from Sunrise, Florida.
Liam McHugh will host coverage alongside Emmy Award-winning analyst Pierre McGuire, NHL insider Bob McKenzie and draft analyst Craig Button. In addition, Kathryn Tappen will anchor coverage from the floor of the BB&T Center, conducting interviews with players, coaches and general managers. Darren Dreger will handle reporting duties, providing information on potential trades and developing storylines.
PHT will also be blogging from the draft floor.
Related: Here’s the full 2015 NHL Entry Draft order