Flashback: What if You Could Re-Do the 2009 NHL Draft?

Tyler SwaggermanCorrespondent IMay 31, 2010

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 27:  Nicolas Deslauriers of the Los Angeles Kings greets members of the front office after being drafted in the third round by the Kings during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 27, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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It's hard to predict what a kid will be like in the NHL when he is only 18, and that's what makes being a GM at the draft so difficult.

Now a year has passed and we saw a little more of what each player could do. Some impressed, some met expectations, and some crashed and burned.

But what if you could go back and re-do that draft with the knowledge you have now?

It would look a little different that's for sure.

Of course it wouldn't be fair to include the players that already cracked NHL lineups as they are already pros.

Here is my top 10 for the do-over 2009 NHL Entry Draft:


1. NY Islanders - Brayden Schenn

2. Tampa Bay Lightning - Oliver Ekman-Larsson

3. Colorado Avalanche - Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson

4. Atlanta Thrashers - Nazem Kadri

5. LA Kings - Scott Glennie

6. Phoenix Coyotes - Jeremy Morin

7. Toronto Maple Leafs - Jordan Schroeder

8. Dallas Stars - Jared Cowen

9. Ottawa Senators - Ryan Ellis

10. Edmonton Oilers - Tim Erixon


Brayden Schenn is my No. 1 for many reasons.

The obvious one is that he had a monster season with 99 points, but he also led his team to the Memorial Cup final and is a center, which is what the Islanders were looking for.

I put Ekman-Larsson as No. 2 not because I think he is second-best, but because the Lightning were looking for a defenseman and he is the best available for that position.

The toughest part was deciding whether or not to place Kadri below Paajarvi-Svensson or above. I am a lot more familiar with Nazem, but I have seen Magnus play many times, including at two live games and he is something special to watch. I decided to go with Paajarvi because he is a boy playing in a man's league and he put up some great numbers.

The rest are debatable, but I feel I made the right choices.

Please leave comments and tell me what order you would have done it in.