The NHL Draft is next week and teams are starting to hammer out plans to move around the top of the order, specifically with the No. 1 overall pick which is held by the Florida Panthers.
One team that has had the serious hots for that No. 1 pick is the Toronto Maple Leafs and they continue to try and figure out a trade offer that will work for both them and the Panthers that sees the No. 1 pick head to Canada.
According to the Toronto Star, the Maple Leafs are still very interested in the No. 1 overall pick in the draft and are looking to offer Dion Phaneuf as well as the No. 8 overall pick to try and wrestle the top pick away from the Panthers.
There has been much talk the past two weeks about the Leafs’ willingness to trade up in the draft, including a deal with Florida (Phaneuf mentioned again) for the top overall pick.
There’s no saying that the Panthers like this deal, but it’s an intriguing offer to say the least. With this trade, the Panthers lose out on the top prospect in the draft but can land a decent one at No. 8 and have Phaneuf to try and make the team a more attractive landing spot. Should the Panthers hire Dan Bylsma, then all of a sudden Florida isn’t such a bad place to go play hockey.
A lot can happen between now and the draft and there’s more than just one team looking to acquire the pick. But the Maple Leafs are determined and Florida has options when it comes to where it wants to go next with the direction of their franchise.