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The Hockey News' 2009 Draft Prospect Rankings

John Tavares was a beast at the WJC, scoring eight goals and 15 points in six games. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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John Tavares was a beast at the WJC, scoring eight goals and 15 points in six games. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Let the countdown to the 2009 NHL Entry Draft begin.

With a little more than six months to go until the next wave of NHL futures are ushered into the spotlight when the hockey world descends in Montreal, it’s time to look at who the top prospects are.

We polled scouts from across the NHL on who they had ranked among the top prospects eligible for this summer’s selection process. In turn, we used a formula to amalgamate all the lists into one master ranking for you to analyze and debate.

As expected, London’s John Tavares tops the charts fresh off a tremendous showing at the World Junior Championship. Victor Hedman, Tavares’ running mate for the No. 1 slot, came in at No. 2 in convincing fashion.

The following rankings are based on best player available and not based on team needs.

 

THE HOCKEY NEWS 2009 NHL ENTRY DRAFT PROSPECT RANKINGS
RK.
PLAYER
TEAM
LEAGUE
POS.
HT.
WT.
THE BUZZ
1
John Tavares London
OHL
C
6-foot
200
Impressive WJC and scoring prowess comparable to Brett Hull
2
Victor Hedman Modo
SEL
D
6-foot-6
220
A physical specimen who will intimidate, especially if he develops a mean streak
3
Matt Duchene Brampton
OHL
C
5-foot-11
196
Tons of speed and a great release; blowing away last season’s offensive totals
4
Magnus Svensson-Paajarvi Timra
SEL
LW
6-foot-1
200
Powerful skater is a nightmare to knock off the puck, but needs to finish more often
5
Jared Cowen Spokane
WHL
D
6-foot-5
218
A towering stay-at-home defender with plenty of experience for a junior player and a Memorial Cup ring
6
Evander Kane Vancouver
WHL
C
6-foot-1
180
A powerful frame with lots of room to grow; has become an offensive force this season
7
Brayden Schenn Brandon
WHL
C
6-foot
193
Excellent playmaker has a solid NHL frame to work with; brother Luke plays for the Leafs
8
Jordan Schroeder Minnesota
WCHA
RW
5-foot-9
175
Small figure, but quick skating ability and soft hands translate well into “new NHL”
9
Jacob Josefson Djugardens
SEL
C
6-foot
187
Well-rounded player who doesn't shy away from rough stuff; held scoreless at WJC
10
Simon Despres Saint John
QMJHL
D
6-foot-4
214
An imposing figure, Despres will be looked upon more for his shutdown ability over his offensive prowess
11
Nazem Kadri London
OHL
C
6-foot
180
Continues to improve rapidly since his rookie season; will benefit further from another long playoff run
12
Dmitri Kulikov Drummond.
QMJHL
D
6-foot
190
One of the best offensive defenseman in the ‘Q’ this year; Kulikov is deadly on the power play
13
David Rundblad Skelleftea
SEL
D
6-foot-2
189
Tough defender to deal with down low also possesses wicked offensive potential
14
John Moore Chicago
USHL
D
6-foot-2
189
Committed to Colorado College, Moore has the complete package of skills, plus great size
15
Ryan Ellis Windsor
OHL
D
5-foot-9
183
Undersized offensive wizard can do anything and everything from the point on the power play
16
Peter Holland Guelph
OHL
C
6-foot-2
188
Hardworking student of the game skates well and is producing at a steady clip
17
Tim Erixon Skelleftea
SEL
D
6-foot-2
189
Has ability to create offense from the backend; skates well for his size
18
Landon Ferraro Red Deer
WHL
RW
5-foot-11
169
Fastest skater at CHL skills competition, father Ray was an NHLer; scoring prowess clearly inherited
19
Jeremy Morin U.S NTDP
NAHL
C
6-foot-1
189
American phenom is a prodigious scorer who excels on the power play
20
Scott Glennie Brandon
WHL
C
6-foot-1
180
A consistent scorer with the Wheat Kings, but can he do it without Schenn on his line?

 

Related Links

For a regular look at prospects and players we can't wait to see in the NHL some day, check out Rory Boylen's A Scout's Life and Ryan Kennedy's The Hot List.

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