View Full Version : NHL Draft in Montreal, June 26-27, 2009

06-16-2009, 01:55 PM
You folks thought I was kidding when I said that I would start talking about the NHL Draft after the Finals ended, didn't you?

I don't know enough about these players to attempt a full first round mock, but I could give the top 10 a shot.

The first dilemma comes with the first pick. For the past several years, John Tavares has been tagged as the next big-time phenom. He was even trying to find a loophole that would have allowed him to enter last year's draft (where he would have been the top pick), but the NHL held firm with their birthdate requirements. However, some questions have arisen about his skating abilities, even though everyone can see that he is still an elite-level scorer. Perhaps he has been in the public eye for so long that scouts are picking apart every little thing and magnifying any minor fault they find. He could be a superstar, but the big Swede defenseman Victor Hedman also makes GM's mouths water. Most are picking Tavares as the obvious choice to go first. I'll go the opposite way for the Isles. You can't teach Hedman's combination of size and skill.

Matt Duchene seems to be the consensus #3 pick, since he is a sniper with great speed and has the potential to play on both the power play as well as penalty killing units effectively. I think Duchene to the Avs with the third pick is the biggest slam dunk pick of the draft.

The one wildcard that could throw things off would be Toronto trying to move up. I'm sure they would love to be able to get one of the elite guys in the top 3, but even if they are not able to make that happen, it is possible that they could move up a few spots in an effort to team up the Schenn brothers (the Leafs took defenseman Luke #5 overall last year, and his brother center Brayden, is expected to be drafted right in that same general area this year).

Here is my top 10 right now without any projected trades:

1 NY Islanders Victor Hedman D 6'7" 229 12/18/90 Modo Sweden
2 Tampa Bay John Tavares C 6'0" 183 9/20/90 London (OHL) Canada
3 Colorado Matt Duchene C 5'11" 190 1/1/91 Brampton (OHL) Canada
4 Atlanta Brayden Schenn F 6'1" 195 8/22/91 Brandon (WHL) Canada
5 Los Angeles Magnus Svensson-Paajarvi LW 6'2" 200 4/12/91 Timra Sweden
6 Phoenix Evander Kane C 5'11" 168 8/1/91 Vancouver (WHL) Canada
7 Toronto Jared Cowen D 6'5" 205 1/25/91 Spokane (WHL) Canada
8 Dallas Jordan Schroeder RW 5'10" 175 9/29/90 University of Minnesota USA
9 Ottawa Zack Kassian RW 6'3" 205 1/24/91 Peterborough Canada
10 Edmonton Dmitry Kulikov D 6'1" 195 10/29/90 Drummondville (QMJHL) Russia

Possible options for the Penguins at #30 to come...

06-16-2009, 10:51 PM
NY Islanders Victor Hedman D 6'7" 229 12/18/90 Modo Sweden

Six foot - seven????

That is pretty dagum tall

06-17-2009, 12:35 AM
NY Islanders Victor Hedman D 6'7" 229 12/18/90 Modo Sweden

Six foot - seven????

That is pretty dagum tall

Zdeno Chara is 6' 9".


And that other famous hockey star, Manute Bol, was 7'7".


06-17-2009, 01:50 PM
With the 30th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft...

(that is almost as fun as saying "With the 32nd overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft" :D )

...I think the team will target a North American forward who can be a potential top 6 player in a few years so the team does not have to keep making deadline deals to acquire wingers for Crosby and Malkin.

Some possible candidates:

Chris Kreider C 6'2" 201 4/30/91 Andover (Lincoln) United States

Kid's got size and speed, plus he can pass and shoot. However, he pay take longer to develop an NHL game, since he is playing high school hockey in the U.S. instead of major junior hockey in Canada.

Landon Ferraro F 6'0" 165 8/8/91 Red Deer (WHL) Canada

Chicken Parm Jr. is a solid two way player like his old man Ray. Gotta love good hockey bloodlines.

Kyle Palmieri C 5'11" 185 2/1/91 USA U-18 (USDP) USA

A passionate, tenacious player that is strong on his skates with a good shot as well.

Jordan Caron C 6'2" 196 11/2/90 Rimouski (QMJHL) Canada

Hard working, steady, dependable. Not flashy, but can score his share of goals and is responsible defensively as well.

Zach Budish RW 6'2" 210 5/9/91 Edina HS United States

An ACL injury playing high school football forced him to miss his senior year of high school hockey, but he will be attending the University of Minnesota in the fall. Hard to move off the puck. Good wrist shot.

06-17-2009, 04:35 PM
We have 7 draft picks in this draft, one in each round. We have the last pick in rounds 1, 2, 4, 6, and 7. In round 3 and round 5, instead of having the last pick, we have the 2nd pick (the Lightning's pick) in each of those two rounds.

So at the end of round 2, we pick, then the Islanders pick, then we pick again. This is because we traded our regular 3rd round pick to the Islanders for Bill Guerin, but gained Tampa's 3rd round pick in the Gary Roberts and Ryan Malone trade.

Same thing happens at the end of round 4...we pick, then the Islanders pick, then we pick again. This is because we traded our regular 5th round pick to the Maple Leafs as a part of the Hall Gill trade (they have since traded that pick to the Rangers), but gained Tampa's 5th round pick in the Michal Sersen trade.

So it breaks down like this:

3.63 (from Tampa)
5.122 (from Tampa)

06-22-2009, 12:18 PM
If we don't go with a North American skater in the first round, it seems like it would be a slam dunk that our first round target would be a Swede, since the top 8 ranked European skaters are all from Sweden:

1 HEDMAN, VICTOR MODO SWEDEN 12/18/1990 6' 6" 220 lbs. D L
3 JOSEFSON, JACOB DJURGARDEN SWEDEN 03/02/1991 6' 0" 187 lbs. C L
4 EKMAN-LARSSON, OLIVER LEKSAND SWEDEN-2 07/17/1991 6' 2" 176 lbs. D L
5 ERIXON, TIM SKELLEFTEA SWEDEN 02/24/1991 6' 2" 190 lbs. D L
6 RUNDBLAD, DAVID SKELLEFTEA SWEDEN 10/08/1990 6' 2" 189 lbs. D R
7 KLINGBERG, CARL FROLUNDA JR. SWE-JR. 01/28/1991 6' 3" 205 lbs. LW R
8 JOHANSSON, MARCUS FARJESTAD SWEDEN 10/06/1990 5' 11" 189 lbs. C L

The defenseman Rundblad or the winger Klingberg may be available were we pick at the end of round 1.

06-26-2009, 03:39 PM
I checked out espn real quick, and you have to be an insider to take a look at their mock.

CNNSI had us picking this fellow at #30:

Stefan Elliott, D, Saskatoon (WHL)

"Elliott is drawing plenty of comparisons to Mike Green (both are offensive defensemen who played for the Blades), but they're not really accurate. First, no one needs to leave a trail of bread crumbs for Elliott to find his own zone. At the same time, he'll never be a shooter of Green's caliber. Still, he should mature into a high-octane blueliner, thanks to his dexterity on the blades, poise with the puck and a knack for finding the seams to his teammates or straight to the net."

06-26-2009, 03:47 PM
NHL.com has three guys doing mocks (unfortunately, their pick rationales are brief and generic).

Brad Holland says:

30 Pittsburgh Penguins Zack Budish, RW, Edina (Minn.) High
SKINNY: Penguins want wingers with bite, which Budish has in large quantity.

Adam Kimmelman says:

30 Pittsburgh Penguins Carl Klingberg, LW, Frolunda Jr. (Sweden)
SKINNY: Pens need skilled, strong forwards to play with Sidney Crosby

Shawn Roarke says:

30 Pittsburgh Penguins Jordan Caron, RW, Rimouski, (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Penguins still need top-six forwards to complement Crosby and Malkin

06-26-2009, 04:46 PM
I would think they'd be gunning for a winger, but since I'm even more clueless about
the NHL draft than I am about the NFL draft, I have no idea who would be available
when they pick.

Maybe I should enlist the help of Little Miss Jigawatts. :lol:

Or I could make the younger Jigawatt girl the Hockey guru while big sis sticks to the NFL. :lol: