2009 NHL Entry Draft Predictions

Jordan WalshCorrespondent IJune 23, 2009

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 02:  (L-R) NHL top prospects Evander Kane, Matt Duchene, John Tavares, Victor Hedman and Brayden Schenn watch the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings Team Practices before Game 3 of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Mellon Arena on June 2, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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 pickingPlayer PickedPosition selectedWhy this team will pick this player
New York IslandersJohn Tavares1st OverallThe best player in the draft goes first overall, despite speculation suggesting otherwise.
Tampa Bay LightningVictor Hedman2nd OverallTampa needs defense. What better way to stack up than a 6'6" giant with a great future?
Colorado AvalancheMatt Duchene3rd OverallHe 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 ThrashersEvander Kane4th OverallBig, goal-scoring centreman to one day play with Ilya Kovalchuk.
L.A. KingsMagnus Pijaarvi-Svennson5th OverallThe Swedish goal-scoring winger compliments L.A.'s already strong core of young players. He's a future NHL sniper.
Phoenix CoyotesJared Cowen6th OverallPhoenix adds a future top two defenseman to the mold. He should be on the back end in two years.
Toronto Maple LeafsBrayden Schenn7th OverallYes, Leafs fans, you get your wish. Toronto selects two-way forward from the Brandon Wheat Kings to play along with brother Luke.
Dallas StarsOliver Ekman-Larsson8th OverallDallas picks maybe the best offensive minded defensman in draft.
Ottawa SenatorsDmitry Kulikov9th OverallSens need a solid defenseman. Dmitry Kulikov will complement them nicely in the future.
Edmonton OilersScott Glennie10th OverallHe has decent size, and good goal-scoring capability. He addresses both of Edmonton's needs.
Nashville PredatorsNazem Kadri11th OverallNashville gets London Knights' playmaker Nazem Kadri.
Minnesota WildJordan Schreoder12th OverallSchroeder may be small, but the kid has skill and NHL sniper potential.
Buffalo SabresRyan Ellis13th OverallAging blue line gets a little bit younger with the addition of future PP specialist Ryan Ellis.
Florida PanthersZack Kassian14th OverallFlorida adds a power forward to the mix.
Anaheim DucksDavid Rundblad 15th OverallAnaheim may not need the blue line help immediately, but will in years to come. 
Columbus Blue JacketsJohn Moore16th OverallFuture NHL top six defenseman.
St Louis BluesPeter Holland17th OverallPoint per game centreman. Best player left.
Montreal CanadiensLouis Leblanc18th OverallThe Canadiens select hometown boy Louis Leblanc.
New York RangersSimon Despres19th OverallNYR adds yet another young defenseman to the pipelines.
Calgary Flames/Phoenix CoyotesJacob Josefson20th OverallJosefson excelled better in the Swedish Elite league than the International level, but has a bright NHL future.
Philadelphia FlyersCarter Ashton21st OverallGoal scoring forward, and the son of former NHL player Brent Ashton.
Vancouver CanucksCalvin De Haan22nd OverallCanucks need depth on defense more than anything else. Calvin De Haan will provide that in years to come.
New Jersey DevilsChris Kreider23rd OverallPlaying 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 CapitalsLandon Ferraro24th OverallGreat speed and good goal-scoring ability.
Boston BruinsNick Leddy25th OverallAnother 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 Morin26th OverallMorin is a pure shooter, who may have better instincts around the net than anyone in this draft.
Carolina HurricanesKyle Palmieri27th OverallOff-ice issues may effect his value, so the late-round steal goes to Carolina.
Chicago BlackhawksTim Erixon28th OverallChicago opts to go for a defenseman.
Detroit Red WingsDrew Shore29th OverallShore is a great skater with a relentless forecheck. Compliments the Wings well!
Pittsburgh PenguinsJordan Caron30th OverallA power forward with decent offensive ability.