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Draft picks are the lifeblood of successful organizations. Sure, they feed the system, but they can also be used to sweeten the pot at the trade deadline. And 'tis the season.

Hockey fans everywhere are concocting fantastic imaginary swaps, turning their beloved squads into Cup contenders with one simple transaction. Visit any teamís message board, and youíll be treated to the bizarre fantasies of wanna-be GMs, and they all no doubt end with the words ďand picks.Ē

For instance, ďWe should get Shane Doan for Tyler Kennedy and picks.Ē Yes, itís a wonderful time of year.

So which teams have the picks to wheel and deal come March 4? Well, the NHL media department was kind enough to put together a swell list, and the Los Angeles Kings lead the way with 14 selections in the upcoming draft. Hey, maybe the Royalty can package a few of those picks for some new uniforms.

Los Angeles has the most quantity, but not quality. Seven of the Kingsí 14 picks are in the fifth round or later. Iím not sure how many potential deals have been ruined due to a lack of sixth- and seventh-rounders.

Nashville has 12 draft picks in the olí holster. But again, like the Kings, the Predsí choices are mostly back-loaded, with seven in the fourth round or later.

The New York Islanders have quietly amassed 10 picks, recently adding a second first-rounder by turning Mike Comrie and the underachieving Chris Campoli into San Joseís first-round pick via trade with Ottawa. So the next time someone asks if thereís a GM worse than Garth Snow, feel free to say Bryan Murray.

But give Snow credit. Heís got the two first-rounders and three picks in the second, positioning the rebuilding Isles for what Iím sure will be another monumental draft day debacle. Has anyone seen Scott Scissons?

At the moment, the Isles are the only team with more than one first-rounder. Atlanta, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Tampa Bay all have two second-rounders. Edmonton, Montreal, Nashville, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh have two third-rounders. Keep an eye on that second group, because third-rounders are popular throw-ins.

Itís all puppet shows and candy canes in San Jose these days, but the success has come at a price. The Fish have the fewest picks in the league with a pair of second-rounders, a fifth, and a seventh. Then again, the Sharks traded some of those missing draft choices to get Dan Boyle. And a Boyle in hand is worth two in the draft.

Of course, trading picks can come back to haunt a team. Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, Ryan Miller, and Mike Cammalleri were all once nameless draft picks moved at the deadline.

DRAFT PICKS AVAILABLE TO TRADE

TEAM            #  ROUNDS 
Anaheim         5  1,3,4,5,6
Atlanta         8  1,2,2,4,5,6,6,7
Boston          5  1,3,4,6,7
Buffalo         6  1,3,4,5,6,7
Calgary         6  1,2,4,5,6,7
Carolina        5  1,2,3,6,7
Chicago         7  1,2,3,4,5,7,7
Colorado        6  1,2,3,5,6,7
Columbus        8  1,2,3,4,4,5,6,7
Dallas          6  1,2,3,5,6,7
Detroit         6  1,2,3,5,6,7
Edmonton        8  1,2,3,3,4,5,6,7
Florida         5  1,2,3,5,6
Los Angeles    14  1,2,2,3,4,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,7
Minnesota       7  1,4,4,4,5,6,7
Montreal        7  1,3,3,4,5,6,7
Nashville      12  1,2,2,3,3,4,4,4,5,5,7,7
New Jersey      8  1,2,3,3,4,5,6,7
NY Islanders   10  1,1,2,2,2,3,4,5,6,7
NY Rangers      8  1,2,3,5,5,5,6,7
Ottawa          7  1,2,4,5,5,6,7
Philadelphia    7  1,3,3,5,6,6,7
Phoenix         7  1,2,3,4,4,6,7
Pittsburgh      8  1,2,3,3,4,5,6,7
San Jose        4  2,2,5,7
St. Louis       5  1,2,3,4,6
Tampa Bay       7  1,2,2,4,4,6,7
Toronto         5  1,3,5,6,7
Vancouver       6  1,2,3,4,5,6
Washington      7  1,2,3,4,5,6,7
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