"The problem is that if something does come along [via a trade like] a No. 1 defenseman, you're giving up two or three young players, two or three draft picks," he said. "You fill one hole and then you create three or four others. And that's the whole thing, trying to get all those holes filled at the same time."
Despite his preference for drafting young players, Hextall didn't rule out trades completely.
"I really like our group of forwards. Whether it's a perfect fit, that's a thing I tend to look at -- the lines and the fit," said Hextall. "We had a lot of guys move around the lineup this year. I'd like to find one or two guys that are a little better fit. That would be one priority."
Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer speculates that Hextall could be searching for a left winder to play with Claude Giroux, pointing to Matt Moulson, Benoit Pouliot, Mason Raymond and Evander Kane as potential options.
In addition, Hextall also stayed optimistic for the clubs future on defense, but said he wouldn't be opposed to an upgrade.
"You see our young defensemen -- I don't think it's going to be next year, but in two or three years, you can kind of look at our defense and say, 'OK this guy will be here and this guy will be here and this guy will be here,'" said Hextall. "Think on defense, we'd like to upgrade. But I'm not going to do something rash to upgrade short term."