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2009 NHL Mock Draft: 1.0

by: AnthonyP On  Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Victor Hedman & John TavaresNHL Mock Draft: | 1.0 |

Updated (April 1st, 2009)

Total Pro Sports – Introducing the Total Pro Sports NHL Mock Draft, version 1.0! It is our intention to add more, more, MORE to this section each week, making TPS your one stop shop for draft analysis.

Changing team needs, player workout results, in-depth film study, character assessments, and all the other “measurables” play significant roles in where players are drafted. As new information becomes available, watch as players move up or down the draft board, possibly landing on your favorite team’s roster.

Leave your comments or questions below and share your thoughts with us, as well as other NHL fans around the globe.

Lets take a look at the 2009 Mock NHL Draft: 1.0

Round 1

Pos Team Player Comments Comparison Change
1 New York Islanders John Tavares, London (OHL), C Nothing but a pure goal scorer. He doesn’t have the greatest skating ability but can work magic with the puck and has tremendous hockey sense. Mike Bossy
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2 Colorado Avalanche Victor Hedman, MoDo (SWE), D Not too sure what his nickname is, but it could easily be “The Total Package”. Big, physical, smooth skater and great at both ends of the ice. Chris Pronger -
3 Tampa Bay Lightning Jared Cowen, Spokane (WHL), D Big, tough, physical d-man who’s great in his own end. What’s even better is that he’s also very disciplined, has lots of character and has quality leadership skills. Derian Hatcher -
4 Atlanta Thrashers Matt Duchene, Brampton (OHL), C Excellent two-way player, explosive speed, great hands and a has a nice quick release. Mike Modano -
5 Phoenix Coyotes Evander Kane, Vancouver (WHL), C Great skater and can work magic with the puck with his excellent stick handling ability. Marian Gaborik -
6 Los Angeles Kings Magnus Svensson-Paajarvi, Timra (SWE), LW Very fast and fluid skater, great playmaker and just as good at scoring goals. Has started to finally use his big frame in playing in high traffic areas and driving to the net. Peter Forsberg -
7 Toronto Maple Leafs Brayden Schenn, Brandon (WHL), C Tough, physical and isn’t afraid to drop the gloves. Terrific at using his body, great playmaker and posses a hard and accurate wrist shot. Joe Thornton
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8 Ottawa Senators Nazim Kadri, London (OHL), C Great speed and playmaking ability. Can also dangle with the best of them and has a great shot. Daniel Briere
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9 Dallas Stars Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Leksand (SWE), D Very mobile and smooth skater. Also posses great hockey sense, some nice hands and a top notch passer. Tomas Kaberle -
10 Edmonton Oilers Dmitry Kulikov, Drummondville (QMJHL), D Mobile, with some good size and great passing ability. Also has a good shot from the point and is solid in his own end. Sergei Zubov -
11 Minnesota Wild Jordan Schroeder, Minnesota (NCAA), RW Small scrappy player with soft hands. Is also a quick skater and has great playmaking ability. Corey Perry -
12 Buffalo Sabres Simon Despres, Saint John (QMJHL), D Has all the makings of a great power play QB. Big, mobile, great passing and an excellent shot from the point. Rob Blake -
13 St. Louis Blues Scott Glennie, Brandon (WHL), C/W Very fast and smart offensive player. Posses a great hard and accurate shot and is great at picking off other team’s passes. Mike Gartner -
14 Nashville Predators Peter Holland, Guelph (OHL), C Pure power forward. Big, strong and loves to camp out in front of the net. Is also an excellent skater and very aggressive on the forecheck. Tomas Holmstrom -
15 Florida Panthers Jacob Josefson, Djurgarden (SWE), C Highly skilled two-way centre. Has very good hockey sense and is also very creative with the puck. More of a playmaker than a scorer. Pavel Datsyuk
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16 Anaheim Ducks Ryan Ellis, Windsor (OHL), D Small but quick offensive d-man. Has a rocket from the point and excellent hockey sense. Also a great passer and has solid positioning in the defensive end to help make up for his lack of size. Brian Rafalski -
17 New York Rangers Carter Ashton, Lethbridge (WHL), LW Another pure power forward. Big, physical, and has good hands down low. Is also an above average skater and oozes of character. Brenden Morrow -
18 Columbus Blue Jackets Drew Shore, U-18 NTDP (USA), C Big strong center with some good speed. Is very strong on the puck, good hockey IQ, works his butt off every shift and has tonnes of character. Patrick Marleau -
19 Montreal Canadiens John Moore, Chicago (USHL), D Big and mobile d-man who’s been described as a “freakish skater”. Posses great puck handling skills and a hard and accurate shot from the point. Duncan Keith
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20 Pittsburgh Penguins Zack Kassian, Peterborough (OHL), RW If you look up the word “power forward” in the dictionary you’ll see a picture of this guy beside it. Hits, scores and brings a tonne of energy every shift. Todd Bertuzzi -
21 Vancouver Canucks Stefan Elliott, Saskatoon (WHL), D Quiet d-man that likes to lead by example. Lets his play do the talking and it shows with his great offensive instincts and is just as solid in his own end. One of the better man-on-man defenders in the draft. Jay Bouwmeester -
22 Phoenix Coyotes Landon Ferraro, Red Deer (WHL), RW Quick speedy forward who isn’t afraid to get into the corners and play feisty when need be. Has become one of, if not the, best penalty killer in the WHL. Geoff Sanderson -
23 Carolina Hurricanes Kyle Palmieri, U-18 NTDP (USA), C Potentially the next big clutch player in the NHL. Plays hard, has some good hands and shows great vision on the ice. Has also shown an ability to score key goals when the game is on the line. Steve Thomas -
24 Philadelphia Flyers Louis Leblanc, Omaha (USHL), C Feisty player who also has some great skating ability. Great scorer, good passer and is one of the best forwards in one-on-one situations. Rick Nash -
25 Chicago Blackhawks Ethan Werek, Kingston (OHL), C A great combination of offense and grit. An above average passer who drives to the net hard. Uses his long reach to his advantage as he scores most of his goals around the crease area. Ryan Smyth -
26 New Jersey Devils Calvin deHaan, Oshawa (OHL), D Great skating d-man with excellent puck control ability. Is great in the defensive end as well and started to throw his body around a lot more in the second half of the OHL season. Niklas Kronwall -
27 Washington Capitals Chris Kreider, Andover (MA-HS), C Very strong skater who uses his body very effectively. Has great hands, hockey sense and is also used on the point during power plays because of his great passing ability and shot. Evgeni Malkin -
28 Detroit Red Wings Jeremy Morin, U-18 NTDP (USA), C/RW Pure goal scorer who’s quick on his skates. Has a great quick release and is very accurate with his shot. Tony Amonte -
29 Boston Bruins Ryan O’Reilly, Erie (OHL), C Has a great hockey IQ and a nice set of hands to go with it. Excellent without the puck, great defensively and is seen as one of the best penalty killers in the OHL. He also posses great leadership qualities. Rod Brind’Amour -
30 New York Islanders Jordan Caron, Rimouski (QMJHL), C Has finally grown in and started to use his body this season. Is an effective two-way player that’s used in all situations. Jordan Staal -

Check back often for frequent changes during the NHL playoffs. Leave your questions or comments below. I will respond to as many as I can.




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