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Prendergast on 2009's top prospects (part 1)

Oilers Assistant GM sounds off on John Tavares, Victor Hedman, Matt Duchene, Scott Glennie and Simon Despres

Tuesday, 16.06.2009 / 2:00 PM / 2009 NHL Entry Draft
By Marc Ciampa  - edmontonoilers.com
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Prendergast on 2009\'s top prospects (part 1)
The Edmonton Oilers currently hold the 10th overall pick at this year's NHL Entry Draft in Montreal. We recently sat down with Oilers Assistant General Manager Kevin Prendergast to talk about several players who may potentially be scooped up in that position. We also touched on the expected three top picks in the 2009 draft.

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES (Oshawa/London, OHL)

Position: Centre
Shoots: Left
Born: September 20, 1990 in Oakville, ON
Height: 6’0”  Weight: 195 lbs

International Scouting Service: 1
Central Scouting:
1 - North America
The Hockey News:
1

Multimedia:
( Video Audio) The Facts:
  • Tavares scored 58 goals and 104 points in 56 games with Oshawa and London last season in the OHL. He had eight goals and 15 points in six games during the World Junior Hockey Championships.
Kevin Prendergast comments:
  • “He's the full package. The pressure for a young kid doesn't come any more than playing in a Gold Medal Game for Canada. The way he played was outstanding. He elevated his game under pressure. He's a special player and we consider him one of the top three. "

Victor Hedman
VICTOR HEDMAN (MoDo, Sweden)

Position: Defence
Shoots: Left
Born: December 18, 1990 in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden
Height: 6’6”  Weight: 220 lbs

International Scouting Service: 2
Central Scouting:
1 - Europe
The Hockey News:
2

Multimedia:
( Video Audio) The Facts:
  • Predicted by many to be going first overall in this year's draft, Victor Hedman is a defensive force with a solid offensive game. He had 21 points and 52 penalty minutes in 43 games with MoDo of the Swedish Elite League. He added a pair of helpers in six games at the World Juniors for Sweden.
Kevin Prendergast comments:
  • “He's a big kid. We were very impressed with him at the combine. For a kid who's 17, just going on 18 to have already played two seasons in the Swedish Elite League is itself a pretty good mark. He's a great skater, moves the puck well and has all the attributes to be a solid star defenceman in the NHL for a long time. I'm sure whoever picks him is going to try and make sure they can get him to play (in the NHL) next year."

Matt Duchene

MATT DUCHENE (Brampton, OHL)

Position: Centre
Shoots: Left
Born: January 16, 1991 in Haliburton, ON
Height: 5’11”  Weight: 200 lbs

International Scouting Service: 4
Central Scouting:
2 - North America
The Hockey News:
3

Multimedia: ( Video Audio) The Facts:
  • Speedster and playmaker Matt Duchene enjoyed a tremendous season with the Brampton Battalion. He had 31 goals and 79 points in 57 games. Duchene is also noted for his strong two-way play. He had a tremendous post-season in the OHL with 14 goals and 26 points in 21 games.
Kevin Prendergast comments:

  • “Very similar to Tavares, he has all the tools. He's probably more of a playmaker. Makes great plays, great thought process on the ice. Good faceoff guy. Any one of those three, they can intermingle (Tavares, Hedman, Duchene). They're all number one picks. Whoever's picking three is going to get a hell of a player. "

Scott Glennie, CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, skates down ice

SCOTT GLENNIE (Brandon, WHL)

Position: Centre
Shoots: Right
Born: February 22, 1991 in Winnipeg, MB
Height: 6’1”  Weight: 182 lbs

International Scouting Service: 20
Central Scouting:
7 - North America
The Hockey News:
14

Multimedia: ( Video Audio) The Facts:
  • Season was cut short by an elbow injury in January but returned for the playoffs and had 15 points in eight games for the Wheat Kings. He had 70 points (28 goals) in 55 games for Brandon during the regular season.
Kevin Prendergast comments:

  • “Great shot. He's an offensive power forward who had some injuries this year but  came back in the playoffs and played extremely well. He has that NHL shot and a quick release. Going to play in the Memorial Cup next year because they're hosting so that's another good thing for him too."

Simon Despres

SIMON DESPRES (Saint John, QMJHL)

Position: Defence
Shoots: Left
Born: July 27, 1991 in Laval, PQ
Height: 6’4”  Weight: 214 lbs

International Scouting Service: 15
Central Scouting:
8 - North America
The Hockey News:
12

Multimedia: ( Video Audio) The Facts:
  • The top pick in the Q's Midget Draft, Simon Despres has a ton of potential on the blueline. He had 32 points in 66 games plus 74 penalty minutes for the Saint John Sea Dogs.
Kevin Prendergast comments:

  • “Great skater, big kid. Had a great summer tournament last year in Slovakia. Had an up-and-down year in Saint John in part because the team was up-and-down, they never seemed to get it going. Any time you have an opportunity to get a 6'4" defenceman who's a great skater it's an obvious plus for your organization."


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