Despite holding the No. 8 selection in this weekend's NHL draft in Dallas, the highest the Blackhawks have picked since taking Patrick Kane first in 2007, general manager Stan Bowman has been exploring trades to move up as high as No. 3. Consensus among NHL analysts is that the Sabres and Hurricanes will take defenseman Rasmus Dahlin and winger Andrei Svechnikov, respectively, with the first two picks Friday night, but beyond those prospects there's not much certainty. “A lot of the teams in that range 3 through 7, they aren't sure they want to move down because they think they might get someone they value highly at that spot,” Bowman said Thursday in a conference call with reporters. The Hawks own eight picks in the two-day draft — Rounds 2-7 are Saturday — including a second first-round selection at No. 27 and two third-round picks.