With a few moves, the Chicago Blackhawks could be in position to add draft picks to their roster for next season, league sources told ESPN.
The Blackhawks have been looking to acquire a few picks this season, including two first-round picks and a third, sources said.
The two first rounds have been on the table, sources say, but no deals have been finalized.
The Hawks have been linked to free-agent center Alexei Emelin and forward Brent Seabrook.
They also could be interested in trading for a player such as Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp.
The draft picks are also valued at a combined $6.5 million.
The draft lottery will begin Thursday, with the winner of the first round playing the Chicago Wolves in the first-ever Stanley Cup Final at 8 p.m.
ET on Tuesday, May 27.
It will also be played at the United Center in Chicago, the home of the Chicago Bulls.
The winner of Wednesday’s draft lottery picks will host the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
The Kings are expected to win the series 3-2.