2009 NHL Mock Draft v1.0 – Lottery Teams Only
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 #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 #7 skater in the draft.
12. Minnesota Wild – RW Scott Glennie, Brandon (WHL) – 6’1″/180 lbs; Central Scouting Bureau ranked Glennie as the 7th 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