Five teams that improved most on NHL draft weekend

The Leafs landed future franchise center Auston Matthews with the No. 1 draft pick. But which teams had the best draft weekend overall, including trades? NHLI via Getty Images

There are really two times during the year that NHL teams can improve fairly dramatically. The first just happened at the draft. The second is coming, in free agency.

And as good as some of the free agents are this year, no time is better for a franchise to make strides than draft week. So while we wait for the Steven Stamkos sweepstakes to heat up, here’s a look at the five teams that improved the most during draft week, via prospects and trades: