2009 NHL Entry Draft Predictions
With the NHL Entry Draft just three days away, I'm going to give my best attempt at predicting which teams may select which players. Now, I'm sure some will be right, but lots will be incorrect!
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|Team picking||Player Picked||Position selected||Why this team will pick this player|
|New York Islanders||John Tavares||1st Overall||The best player in the draft goes first overall, despite speculation suggesting otherwise.|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||Victor Hedman||2nd Overall||Tampa needs defense. What better way to stack up than a 6'6" giant with a great future?|
|Colorado Avalanche||Matt Duchene||3rd Overall||He has terrific speed, hockey sense and hands—a future 30-goal scorer, already mentored by Cody Hodgson, is too much for Colorado to pass on.|
|Atlanta Thrashers||Evander Kane||4th Overall||Big, goal-scoring centreman to one day play with Ilya Kovalchuk.|
|L.A. Kings||Magnus Pijaarvi-Svennson||5th Overall||The Swedish goal-scoring winger compliments L.A.'s already strong core of young players. He's a future NHL sniper.|
|Phoenix Coyotes||Jared Cowen||6th Overall||Phoenix adds a future top two defenseman to the mold. He should be on the back end in two years.|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||Brayden Schenn||7th Overall||Yes, Leafs fans, you get your wish. Toronto selects two-way forward from the Brandon Wheat Kings to play along with brother Luke.|
|Dallas Stars||Oliver Ekman-Larsson||8th Overall||Dallas picks maybe the best offensive minded defensman in draft.|
|Ottawa Senators||Dmitry Kulikov||9th Overall||Sens need a solid defenseman. Dmitry Kulikov will complement them nicely in the future.|
|Edmonton Oilers||Scott Glennie||10th Overall||He has decent size, and good goal-scoring capability. He addresses both of Edmonton's needs.|
|Nashville Predators||Nazem Kadri||11th Overall||Nashville gets London Knights' playmaker Nazem Kadri.|
|Minnesota Wild||Jordan Schreoder||12th Overall||Schroeder may be small, but the kid has skill and NHL sniper potential.|
|Buffalo Sabres||Ryan Ellis||13th Overall||Aging blue line gets a little bit younger with the addition of future PP specialist Ryan Ellis.|
|Florida Panthers||Zack Kassian||14th Overall||Florida adds a power forward to the mix.|
|Anaheim Ducks||David Rundblad||15th Overall||Anaheim may not need the blue line help immediately, but will in years to come.|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||John Moore||16th Overall||Future NHL top six defenseman.|
|St Louis Blues||Peter Holland||17th Overall||Point per game centreman. Best player left.|
|Montreal Canadiens||Louis Leblanc||18th Overall||The Canadiens select hometown boy Louis Leblanc.|
|New York Rangers||Simon Despres||19th Overall||NYR adds yet another young defenseman to the pipelines.|
|Calgary Flames/Phoenix Coyotes||Jacob Josefson||20th Overall||Josefson excelled better in the Swedish Elite league than the International level, but has a bright NHL future.|
|Philadelphia Flyers||Carter Ashton||21st Overall||Goal scoring forward, and the son of former NHL player Brent Ashton.|
|Vancouver Canucks||Calvin De Haan||22nd Overall||Canucks need depth on defense more than anything else. Calvin De Haan will provide that in years to come.|
|New Jersey Devils||Chris Kreider||23rd Overall||Playing for a prep school makes him hard to judge, but doesn’t deceive us of his skating abilities. Could possibly be fastest skater in the draft.|
|Washington Capitals||Landon Ferraro||24th Overall||Great speed and good goal-scoring ability.|
|Boston Bruins||Nick Leddy||25th Overall||Another player playing in a high/prep school who also is hard to judge, but Leddy has talent, and will be a top six defenseman for the Boston Bruins one day.|
|New York Islanders (from SJS/OTT)||Jeremy Morin||26th Overall||Morin is a pure shooter, who may have better instincts around the net than anyone in this draft.|
|Carolina Hurricanes||Kyle Palmieri||27th Overall||Off-ice issues may effect his value, so the late-round steal goes to Carolina.|
|Chicago Blackhawks||Tim Erixon||28th Overall||Chicago opts to go for a defenseman.|
|Detroit Red Wings||Drew Shore||29th Overall||Shore is a great skater with a relentless forecheck. Compliments the Wings well!|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||Jordan Caron||30th Overall||A power forward with decent offensive ability.|
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