2009 NHL Mock Draft v1.0 - Lottery Teams Only

Miikeee D.Correspondent IApril 16, 2009

OSHAWA, ON - JANUARY 14:  John Tavares #91 of Team Orr skates in the 2009 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game against Team Cherry on Wednesday January 14, 2009 at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario. Team Orr defeated Team Cherry 6-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
1. New York Islanders C John Tavares, London (OHL) - 6'0″/ 199 lbs; Is there any possible way that JT turns out to be the next Alexander Daigle or Patrik Stefan?

2. Tampa Bay Lightning D Victor Hedman, MoDo (Swe)  - 6'6″/220 lbs; Best defenseman in this draft class. Scouts do not shy away from comparing him to Chris Pronger.

 

3. Colorado Avalanche C Matt Duchene, Brampton (OHL) - 5'11″/190 lbs; The Aves need a skilled scoring machine like Duchene. Very good fit.

 

4. Atlanta Thrashers C Evander Kane, Vancouver, (WHL) - 6'0″/170 lbs; No relation to Patrick. Very good, long and speedy forward. Leafs could trade up for Kane, if Tavares is unattainable, which is probably a realistic move.

 

5. Los Angeles Kings -LW Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, Timra (Swe) - 6'1″/187 lbs; Central Scouting ranked Svensson as the No. 2 International skater. The Kings will be loaded with offensive Europeans with this addition.

 

6. Phoenix Coyotes - D Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Leksand (Swe) - 6'1″/165 lbs; The Yotes need some defensive depth, and are able to fill it with this pick. Larsson will need to add some poundage; however.

 

7. Toronto Maple Leafs - C Brayden Schenn, Brandon (WHL) - 6'0″/196 lbs; Brother of Luke. Not exactly the Sedin twins, but will do. Leafs could have two sets of brothers come opening night, if you take these rumors seriously.

 

8. Dallas Stars - RW Jordan Schroeder, Minnesota (NCAA) - 5'8″/168 lbs; Pretty decent fit. He is American, Dallas is in America. Why not? Schroeder is a little undersized, but so is Briere, Kane, Gionta, Cole, etc. I like Schroeder a lot.

 

9. Ottawa Senators - D Dmitri Kulikov, Drummondville (QMJHL) - 6'1″/195 lbs; The Sens need an offensive defenseman, and this guy is it. Already playing in North America, he has 62 points in 52 games from the blue line.

 

10. Edmonton Oilers - C Nazem Kadri, London (WHL) - 6'1″/177 lbs; If the Oilers lose Linus Omark to the KHL, this pick makes sense. The Oilers could go with a stay at home defenseman as well.

 

11. Nashville Predators - D Jared Cowen, Spokane (WHL) - 6'5″/216 lbs; Big stay at home defenseman. If Cowen goes this late in the draft, consider it a major steal. The ISS* ranked him as the No. 7 skater in the draft.

 

12. Minnesota Wild - RW Scott Glennie, Brandon (WHL) - 6'1″/180 lbs; Central Scouting Bureau ranked Glennie as the seventh ranked North American skater.

 

13. Buffalo Sabres - D Ryan Ellis, Windsor (OHL) - 5'10"/173 lbs; Very impressive offensive defenseman. Really opened eyes during the World Junior Championships. You can’t deny his 89 points in 57 games this season.

 

14. Florida Panthers - RW Zack Kassian, Peterborough (OHL) - 6'3″205 lbs; Poor Panthers. Didn’t move J-Bo, didn’t make the playoffs, and get the last spot of the lottery picks. Kassian’s size would be a good addition.

*International Scouting Services