View NHL.com's 2009 Mock Drafts

Sunday, 17.05.2009 / 8:44 PM / 2009 NHL Entry Draft
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NHL.com staff writers Adam Kimelman and Brad Holland took a stab at their own Mock Drafts. The + or - ratings for each player has to do with where they were taken earlier this season when Adam and Brad previously did a mid-season Mock Draft.

The Edmonton Oilers ended up with Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) forward Carter Ashton, according to Adam. They ended up with Scott Glennie of the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) according to Brad.

Adam Kimelman's Mock Draft

1 Victor Hedman, D, MODO (Sweden) +1
SKINNY: A potential franchise defenseman is just too hard to pass up.

2 John Tavares, C, London (OHL) -1
SKINNY: Following the Pittsburgh plan -- two young, dominant centers.

3 Matt Duchene, C, Brampton (OHL) +3
SKINNY: Sniper and puck mover has almost no holes in his game.

4 Evander Kane, C, Vancouver (WHL) --
SKINNY: Strong center can get to the net or set up wingers.

5 Magnus Svensson-Paajarvi, F, Timra (Sweden) -2
SKINNY: Good size and skill; could play in the NHL next season.

6 Dmitry Kulikov, D, Drummondville (QMJHL) +14
SKINNY: Stocked with young forwards, Coyotes take big, offensive-minded blueliner.

7 Brayden Schenn, C, Brandon (WHL) +2
SKINNY: Leafs can't let Luke's offensively gifted younger brother pass.

8 Zack Kassian, RW, Peterborough (OHL) --
SKINNY: Toughest player in the Draft, reminiscent of a young Brenden Morrow.

9 Jared Cowen, D, Spokane (WHL) -4
SKINNY: Senators find complement to last year's first pick, Erik Karlsson.

10 Carter Ashton, RW, Lethbridge (WHL) +4
SKINNY: Oilers need power forward to make them tougher to play against.

11 John Moore, D, Chicago (USHL) +4
SKINNY: Predators grab best skater in the Draft.

12 Jordan Schroeder, C, Minnesota (WCHA) -1
SKINNY: Small scorer has shown he can excel against bigger, stronger players.

13 Ryan Ellis, D, Windsor (OHL) -1
SKINNY: Electrifying offensive skills outweigh size issues.

14 Simon Despres, D, Saint John (QMJHL) -7
SKINNY: Could big, mobile defenseman be eventual Bouwmeester replacement?

15 Chris Kreider, C, Philips Andover Academy (Mass.) +6
SKINNY: Big forward can skate like a smaller player.

16 Scott Glennie, RW, Brandon (WHL) -3
SKINNY: Speedy scorer excelled in WHL playoffs.

17 Jacob Josefson, C, Djurgardens (Sweden) -7
SKINNY: Blues always seem to have luck with imports.

18 Louis Leblanc, C, Omaha (USHL) NR
SKINNY: Quick forward going to Harvard, but talent means he won't be there long.

19 Nazem Kadri, C, London (OHL) +3
SKINNY: If forward can develop physically, he has skills to be an offensive force.

20 Zach Budish, Edina (Minn.) H.S. +4
SKINNY: Needs Scouting Combine to show he's fully healed from knee injury.

21 Edward Pasquale, G, Saginaw (OHL) NR
SKINNY: Flyers in desperate need of young goaltending talent.

22 Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Leksand (Sweden) -3
SKINNY: Teams can't have enough talented blueliners.

23 Landon Ferraro, C, Red Deer (WHL) -5
SKINNY: Outstanding defensively with potentially high-end offensive skills.

24 Jordan Caron, C, Rimouski (QMJHL) NR
SKINNY: Big, strong center excels at both ends of the ice.

25 Stefan Elliott, D, Saskatoon +1
SKINNY: Scouts say difference between Ellis and Elliott's skill level is very small.

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N.Y. Islanders (from SJS/OTT)
Robin Lehner, G, Frolunda Jr. (Sweden) +2
SKINNY: Giant (6-4, 220) goalie fills giant development hole.

27 David Rundblad, D, Skelleftea (Sweden) -11
SKINNY: Needs work in defensive zone, but has great offensive upside.

28 Carl Klingberg, LW, Frolunda Jr. (Sweden) NR
SKINNY: Big forward (6-3, 205) an organizational necessity.

29 Philippe Paradis, C, Shawinigan (QMJHL) -6
SKINNY: Big forward with heavy shot very impressive at Top Prospects Game.

30 Calvin De Haan, D, Oshawa (OHL) NR
SKINNY: Surprise of the OHL season rising in eyes of scouts.

Brad Holland's Mock Draft

1 John Tavares, C, London (OHL) --
SKINNY: No change here, despite the rumblings. The draft's best player goes No. 1.

2 Matt Duchene, C, Brampton (OHL) +1
SKINNY: Duchene to Tampa means either he or Stamkos will be skating on the wing.

3 Victor Hedman, D, MODO Hockey (Sweden) -1
SKINNY: Colorado always had great offensive players; now they get a franchise building-block on D.

4 Evander Kane, C, Vancouver (WHL) -1
SKINNY: In 3 or 4 years, with Kovalchuk on the left and Kane on the right, the center almost wouldn't matter.

5 Brayden Schenn, C, Brandon (WHL) +4
SKINNY: Big-game performer tied for team lead in playoff scoring; great mix of talent and toughness.

6 Jared Cowen, D, Spokane (WHL) --
SKINNY: Coyotes loaded up front; now they get a piece to build their defense corps on.

7 Zack Kassian, RW, Peterborough (OHL) +17
SKINNY: Scoring (24 goals) and penalty minutes (136) too much for GM Brian Burke to pass on.

8 Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, RW/LW, Timra (Sweden) --
SKINNY: The Stars have had good luck crossing the pond; that trend will continue with Swedish game-breaker.

9 John Moore, D, Chicago (USHL) +12
SKINNY: Smooth-skating Moore a nice fit for a team looking for offensive-minded defenders.

10 Scott Glennie, RW, Brandon (WHL) --
SKINNY: Not as feisty as linemate Schenn, but is just as gifted offensively.

11 Jordan Schroeder, C, Minnesota (WCHA) --
SKINNY: Another overachieving season for the Preds, another steal at the Draft table.

12 Jacob Josefson, C, Djurgardens (Sweden) +1
SKINNY: Wild fill second-line center need with talented Swede.

13 Simon Despres, D, Saint John (QMJHL) -8
SKINNY: Despres has the tools Sabres looking for -- poise, calm, precision.

14 Nazem Kadri, C, London (OHL) -7
SKINNY: A top-six forward to play with emerging talents in Booth, Frolik, Horton.

15 Carter Ashton, RW, Lethbridge (WHL) --
SKINNY: A late-season injury may have knocked him down Draft board. Potential sleeper.

16 Dmitry Kulikov, D, Drummondville (QMJHL) +4
SKINNY: Jackets' top-six good and getting better; now defense gets a boost with Kulikov's ability.

17 Landon Ferraro, C, Red Deer (WHL) -3
SKINNY: Stable so stocked, they might run out of room for all the thoroughbreds.

18 Jeremy Morin, LW, USNTDP --
SKINNY: Member of 2008-09 triple-crown Team USA; brings speed, skill, leadership.

19 Ryan Ellis, D, Windsor (OHL) --
SKINNY: Fourth offensive D-man pick in five drafts, blue line soon will be envy of the League.

20 Chris Kreider, C, Phillips Andover Academy (Mass.) +9
SKINNY: Flames not known for taking high schoolers, but Kreider's potential too much to pass on.

21 Zach Budish, RW, Edina (Minn.) High +1
SKINNY: Flyers can afford to gamble on Budish, who missed all season with knee injury.

22 Dylan Olsen, D, Camrose (AJHL) +1
SKINNY: Canucks talented up front; with Olsen they get meaner, bigger on back end.

23 Louis Leblanc, C, Omaha (USHL) +2
SKINNY: Devils would leap to the podium if Leblanc is really available here.

24 Nick Leddy, D, Eden Prairie (Minn.) High +3
SKINNY: Minnesota's "Mr. Hockey" would look good running a power play next to Mike Green.

25 Drew Shore, C, USNTDP NR
SKINNY: Numbers don't reflect his deep reservoir of talent.

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N.Y. Islanders (from SJS/OTT)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Leksand (Sweden) NR
SKINNY: The Isles' top-6 will soon be a force: Ekman-Larsson brings top-notch talent to the back end.

27 Stefan Elliot, D, Saskatoon (WHL) +1
SKINNY: With young, dynamic forward group; Elliot brings game-breaker potential to blue line.

28 Kyle Palmieri, C, USNTDP +2
SKINNY: Forget off-ice issues -- this is the goal-scoring winger GM Ray Shero dreams about.

29 Peter Holland, C, Guelph (OHL) -17
SKINNY: Blackhawks find the two-way, second-line center they need behind Jonathan Toews.

30 Calvin De Haan, D, Oshawa (OHL) NR
SKINNY: Wings won't have Lidstrom, Rafalski forever; point-per-game D-man a nice follow-up.
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