NHL draft week buzz: Top prospects, plus free agency, trades

Where will scoring machine Cole Eiserman be drafted? Michael Miller/ISI Photos/Getty Images

An extraordinarily compressed NHL summer continues this week:

The Stanley Cup is being awarded Monday night. The NHL Awards show is Thursday. The 2024 NHL draft is Friday and Saturday. Free agency begins Monday, July 1.

That comes after two significant trades took place last week: The New Jersey Devils acquired goaltender Jacob Markstrom from the Calgary Flames, and the Los Angeles Kings sent center Pierre-Luc Dubois to the Washington Capitals in exchange for netminder Darcy Kuemper.

To help make sense of it all, our reporters reached out to sources in front offices around the league for their takes on the draft, trades and the free agent class.

So ahead of this week's flurry of action, Ryan S. Clark, Kristen Shilton and Greg Wyshynski deliver the latest buzz around the NHL: