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A Look Back At The 2009 NHL Draft

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So we have finally reached a point in the annual NHL draft recaps where I can actually remember what happened in the lead-up to the draft itself, as it around 2009 where I started to keep more of an eye on Junior and College Hockey. The complete nerding-out is still a couple more years away, so stay tuned for that one in about 24 months.

Back in 2009, I remember TSN trying to convince me that John Tavares was under severe competition in being the first overall pick, which I dismissed immediately as network hype. I still believe that to be the case five years afterwards, but how did the rest of the non Jun Tavarez picks pan out? Well let’s find out.

Anaheim Ducks

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
1 15 Guelph Storm Peter Holland C 68 10-7-17 Toronto Marlies
 1 26 US NTDP Kyle Palmieri RW 141 29-31-60 Anaheim Ducks
 2 37 Brampton Battalion Mat Clark D 2 0-0-0 Norfolk Admirals
 3 76 Magnitogorsk Jr. Igor Bobkov G 0 N/A Utah Grizzlies
 4 106 Jyp Jr. Sami Vatanen D 56 8-15-23 Anaheim Ducks
 5 136 Tri-City Storm Radoslav Illo C 0 N/A Bemidji State Beavers
 6 166 Oshawa Generals Scott Valentine D 0 N/A Milwaukee Admirals

Despite having the presence of Igor Bobkov, this isn’t quite a stelar draft. Though I expect Palmieri to get some more chances with Teemu now calling it a day. I’m still crying over that.

Atlanta Thrashers

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 4 Vancouver Giants Evander Kane C 324 99-101-200 Winnipeg Jets
 2 34 Frolunda HC Carl Klingberg LW 10 1-0-1 St. John’s Ice Caps
 2 45 US NTDP Jeremy Morin LW 39 8-8-16 Rockford Ice Hogs
 4 117 Saginaw Spirit Edward Pasquale G 0 N/A St. John’s Ice Caps
 4 120 Guelph Storm Ben Chiarot D 1 0-0-0 St. John’s Ice Caps
 5 125 Saginaw Spirit Cody Sol D 0 N/A Ontario Reign
 6 155 Kamloops Blazers Jimmy Bubnick C 0 N/A Unknown (Saskatchewan Huskies in 12/13)
 7 185 Spokane Chiefs Levko Koper LW 0 N/A Alberta Golden Bears
 7 203 Waterloo Black Hawks Jordan Samuels-Thomas LW 0 N/A Quinnipiac Bobcats

Provided that Kane isn’t run out of town by Gary Lawless, this has been a pretty good draft for the Jets franchise. Okay maybe not with the late picks, but who doesn’t love some CIS studs.

Boston Bruins

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
1 25 Rimouski Oceanic Jordan Caron RW 123 12-16-28 Boston Bruins
 3 86 Prince Albert Raiders Ryan Button D 0 N/A Idaho Steelheads
 4 112 Windsor Spitfires Lane MacDermid LW 21 2-2-4 Abbotsford Heat
 6 176 Kitchener Rangers Tyler Randell RW 0 N/A Providence Bruins
 7 206 Nepean Raiders Ben Sexton C 0 N/A Clarkson Golden Knights

I completely forgot that Lane MacDermid played in Windsor. Caron’s finally getting a chance to play on a more regular basis for the Bruins, which may prove to be the saving grace for this draft class.

Buffalo Sabres

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 13 Peterborough Petes Zach Kassian RW 156 25-25-50 Vancouver Canucks
 3 66 Kootenay Ice Brayden McNabb D 37 1-7-8 Manchester Monarchs
 4 104 Sudbury Wolves Marcus Foligno LW 135 18-32-50 Buffalo Sabres
 5 134 Malden Catholic High School Mark Adams D 0 N/A Providence Friars
 6 164 Miami Redhawks Connor Knapp G 2 0-0-1 (3.12) Greenville Road Warriors
 7 194 Shawinigan Cataractes Maxime Legault RW 0 N/A Gwinnett Gladiators

Kassian turned into Cody Hodgson and McNabb was dealt for Hudson Fasching in some hot prospect swapping action, so it will be interesting to see how those deals play out in the long-term. The Foligno pick though is pretty good for a fourth rounder.

Calgary Flames

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 23 Skelleftea Tim Erixon D 51 0-7-7 Springfield Falcons
 3 74 Chilliwack Bruins Ryan Howse LW 0 N/A Stockton Thunder
 4 111 Farjestads Henrik Bjorklund RW 0 N/A Bofors
 5 141 Surrey Eagles Spencer Bennett LW 0 N/A Bakersfield Condors
 6 171 TPS Joni Ortio G 9 4-4-0 (2.51) Abbotsford Heat
 7 201 Saskatoon Blades Gaelan Patterson C 0 N/A Idaho Steelheads

Poor Tim Erixon. Ortio may prove to be the one redeeming factor of this draft class, mainly because he’s a Finnish goalie.

Carolina Hurricanes

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 27 Shawinigan Cataractes Philippe Paradis LW 0 N/A Syracuse Crunch
 2 51 New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Brian Dumoulin D 6 0-1-1 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
 3 88 Skelleftea Mattias Lindstrom LW 0 N/A San Antonio Rampage
 5 131 Guelph Storm Matt Kennedy RW 0 N/A Unknown (Fort Wayne Komets in 12/13)
 6 178 Kalpa Rasmus Rissanen D 0 N/A Charlotte Checkers
 7 208 Red Deer Rebels Tommi Kivisto D 0 N/A Ilves

Well here’s our clubhouse leader for the worst draft class. Dumoulin was dealt to Pittsburgh for Jordan Staal in the 2012 draft, where shockingly, Ray Shero used the draft pick he gained to grab another bloody defender. More on Shero later.

Chicago Blackhawks

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 28 Camrose Kodiaks Dylan Olsen D 72 3-10-13 Florida Panthers
 2 59 Georgetown Raiders Brandon Pirri C 56 13-14-27 Florida Panthers
 3 89 Totino Grace High School Daniel Delisle LW 0 N/A Idaho Steelheads
 4 119 Everett Silvertips Byron Froese C 0 N/A Cincinnati Cyclones
 5 149 Djurgardens Marcus Kruger C 206 21-46-67 Chicago Blackhawks
 6 177 Cumberland Grads David Pacan RW 0 N/A Kalamazoo Wings
 7 195 Cedar Rapids Roughriders Paul Phillips D 0 N/A Colorado Eagles
 7 209 Toledo Walleye David Gilbert C 0 N/A Toledo Walleye

David Pacan got drafted? Kruger was a bloody steal in the fifth round, while both Olsen and Pirri look to be getting the ice time in Florida that they probably weren’t going to get in Chicago. All in all, a pretty good day at the office despite a few missed picks.

Colorado Avalanche

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 3 Brampton Battalion Matt Duchene C 337 105-158-263 Colorado Avalanche
 2 33 Erie Otters Ryan O’Reilly C 345 73-118-191 Colorado Avalanche
 2 49 Saskatoon Blades Stefan Elliott D 58 6-12-18 Lake Erie Monsters
 3 64 Kelowna Rockets Tyson Barrie D 106 15-36-51 Colorado Avalanche
 5 124 Boston Terriers Kieran Millan G 0 N/A Denver Cutthroats
 6 154 US NTDP Brandon Maxwell G 0 N/A Rogle
 7 184 Nobles High School Gus Young D 0 N/A Yale Bulldogs

The best draft class so far by a country mile. Sure O’Reilly might not be around Colorado for much longer given the contract mess, but when you get a top line player in Duchene with the third overall pick, you can’t be too upset if other guys don’t pan out or leave early.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 21 Chicago Steel John Moore  D 173 7-22-29 New York Rangers
 2 56 US NTDP Kevin Lynch C 0 N/A Evansville Icemen
 4 94 Moncton Wildcats David Savard D 105 7-18-25 Columbus Blue Jackets
 5 137 Exeter High School Thomas Larkin D 0 N/A Evansville Icemen
 6 167 Malmo Anton Blomqvist D 0 N/A Malmo
 7 197 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors Kyle Neuber RW 0 N/A Guelph Gryphons

Fun fact, in his one CIS season so far, Neuber has put up a better single-year point total than he had during his entire OHL tenure. Moore’s now part of the Rangers back-line after being part of the Gaborik deal, but Savard has prevented this from being a total mess for Columbus.

Dallas Stars

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 8 Brandon Wheat Kings Scott Glennie C 1 0-0-0 Texas Stars
 2 38 Des Moines Buccaneers Alex Chiasson RW 86 19-23-42 Dallas Stars
 3 69 St. Michael’s Buzzers Reilly Smith RW 122 23-37-60 Boston Bruins
 5 129 Edmonton Oil Kings Tomas Vincour RW 88 7-9-16 AK Bars Kazan
 6 159 Penticton Vees Curtis McKenzie LW 0 N/A Texas Stars

That Scott Glennie pick is looking worse and worse by the day. Other than that though, this is a pretty decent draft for only five picks, especially if McKenzie can build upon a great year in the AHL.

Detroit Red Wings

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 2 32 Red Deer Rebels Landon Ferraro C 4 0-0-0 Grand Rapids Griffins
 2 60 Zvolen HKM Tomas Tatar LW 100 24-23-47 Detroit Red Wings
 3  75 Victoriaville Tigres Andrej Nestrasil RW 0 N/A Grand Rapids Griffins
 3 90 Rimouski Oceanic Gleason Fournier D 0 N/A Grand Rapids Griffins
 5 150 Green Bay Gamblers Nick Jensen D 0 N/A Grand Rapids Griffins
 6 180 Kelowna Rockets Mitch Callahan RW 1 0-0-0 Grand Rapids Griffins
 7 210 HV71 Adam Almquist D 2 1-0-1 Grand Rapids Griffins

Okay, this isn’t quite a vintage Red Wings draft, at this point at least. With that said, the Tatar pick is a really good one for a selection at the very end of the second round.

Edmonton Oilers

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 10 Timra IK Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson LW 218 32-38-70 St. Louis Blues
 2 40 Timra IK Anton Lander C 94 2-6-8 Oklahoma City Barons
 3 71 Minnetonka High School Troy Hesketh D 0 N/A Unknown (Hamline Pipers in 11/12)
 3 82 Everett Silvertips Cameron Abney RW 0 N/A Orlando Solar Bears
 4 99 Vernon Vipers Kyle Bigos D 0 N/A Ontario Reign
 4 101 Ilves Toni Rajala LW 0 N/A HV71
 5 133 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles Olivier Roy G 0 N/A Alaska Aces

Paajarvi ended up being the forgotten middle child of the three big picks by the Oilers at this point, as he was lumped in between Eberle and Hall. Lander may get a full-time shot at some point, but that Troy Hesketh pick is sure a hot mess.

Florida Panthers

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 14 Drummondville Voltigeurs Dmitri Kulikov D 313 24-75-99 Florida Panthers
 2 44 US NTDP Drew Shore C 67 8-12-20 San Antonio Rampage
 3 67 Fargo Force Josh Birkholz RW 0 N/A Cincinnati Cyclones
 4 107 Owen Sound Attack Garrett Wilson LW 3 0-0-0 San Antonio Rampage
 5 135 Okotoks Oilers Corban Knight C 7 1-0-1 Abbotsford Heat
 5 138 South Kent School Wade Megan C 0 N/A San Antonio Rampage
 6 165 Windsor Spitfires Scott Timmins C 24 1-0-1 Albany Devils

It’s not often that a 14th overall pick ends up sticking in the show right away, but Kulikov has done just that. Drew Shore looks alright as well, so for a Panthers team that has had some tough times in the draft in the past, this may prove to be one of their better classes.

Los Angeles Kings

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
1 5 Brandon Wheat Kings Brayden Schenn C 192 40-47-87 Philadelphia Flyers
 2 35 Barrie Colts Kyle Clifford LW 276 22-26-48 Los Angeles Kings
 3 84 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies Nicolas Deslauriers LW 17 1-0-1 Rochester Americans
 4 95 Montreal Juniors Jean-Francois Berube G 0 N/A Manchester Monarchs
 4 96 Medicine Hat Tigers Linden Vey RW 18 0-5-5 Manchester Monarchs
 5 126 Owen Sound Attack David Kolomatis D 0 N/A Hershey Bears
 6 156 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors Michael Pelech C 0 N/A Utah Grizzlies
 6 179 Calgary Hitmen Brandon Kozun RW 0 N/A Toronto Marlies
 7 186 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Jordan Nolan C 134 10-10-20 Los Angeles Kings
 7 198 Wenatchee Wild Nic Dowd C 0 N/A St. Cloud State Huskies

In a total shocker, the Kings had another awesome draft. Okay Schenn’s gone, but you have a seventh rounder who has played key minutes over the last couple of years in Nolan, a college stud in Dowd, a super pest in Clifford, and yet another strong scorer in Vey. No wonder this team’s the new benchmark in the NHL.

Minnesota Wild

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 16 Eden Prairie High School Nick Leddy D 258 20-73-93 Chicago Blackhawks
 3 77 Plymouth Whalers Matt Hackett G 21 4-13-1 (2.82) Rochester Americans
 4 103 Calgary Hitmen Kris Foucault LW 1 0-0-0 Iowa Wild
 4 116 Shattuck St. Mary’s Alexander Fallstrom RW 0 N/A Providence Bruins
 6 161 Red Deer Rebels Darcy Kuemper G 32 13-10-4 (2.37) Minnesota Wild
 6 163 Blues Jere Sallinen LW 0 N/A HPK
 7 182 Shattuck St. Mary’s Erik Haula LW 46 6-9-15 Minnesota Wild
 7 193 Dallas Stars Midget AAA Anthony Hamburg C 0 N/A RIT Tigers

In hindsight, dealing away Nick Leddy for Cam Barker might not have been the best move for the Wild. With that said, Haula and Kuemper have both been great late round selections, and they were able to trade Hackett to bring the Population of Pominville.

Montreal Canadians

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 18 Omaha Lancers Louis LeBlanc C 50 5-5-10 Hamilton Bulldogs
 3 65 Blues Joonas Nattinen C 1 0-0-0 Hamilton Bulldogs
 3 79 Hotchkiss School Mac Bennett D 0 N/A Michigan Wolverines
 4 109 Dynamo Moscow Alexander Avtsin RW 0 N/A HK Lipetsk
 5 139 Drummondville Voltigeurs Gabriel Dumont C 15 1-2-3 Hamilton Bulldogs
 6 169 Kingston Voyageurs Dustin Walsh C 0 N/A Unknown (Dartmouth Big Green in 12/13)
 7 199 Indiana Ice Mike Cichy C 0 N/A Western Michigan Broncos
 7 211 Karpat Petteri Simila G 0 N/A Blues

While the crowd in Montreal was thrilled when Louis LeBlanc was taken, the Habs brass are probably praying that he steps up soon, because the rest of the draft class sure hasn’t, save Dumont.

Nashville Predators

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
1 11 Windsor Spitfires Ryan Ellis D 144 11-33-44 Nashville Predators
 2 41 Edina High School Zach Budish RW 0 N/A Milwaukee Admirals
 2 42 Shawinigan Cataractes Charles-Olivier Roussel D 0 N/A Milwaukee Admirals
 3 70 Guelph Storm Taylor Beck RW 23 3-4-7 Milwaukee Admirals
 3 72 Guelph Storm Michael Latta C 17 1-3-4 Hershey Bears
 4 98 Waterloo Black Hawks Craig Smith C 195 42-58-100 Nashville Predators
 4 102 Mora IK Mattias Ekholm D 65 1-8-9 Nashville Predators
 4 110 Fargo Force Nick Oliver C 0 N/A St. Cloud State Huskies
 5 132 Baie-Comeau Drakkar Gabriel Bourque LW 151 27-34-61 Nashville Predators
 7 192 Westside Warriors Cam Reid C 0 N/A Denver Cutthroats

A challenger to the Kings appears, especially with the Smith and Bourque picks. Though to be fair, I’ve loved Ryan Ellis since he played in Windsor, so I’m a tad bit biased.

New Jersey Devils

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 20 Djurgardens Jacob Josefson C 118 7-18-25 New Jersey Devils
 2 54 Chicoutimi Sagueneens Eric Gelinas D 61 7-22-29 New Jersey Devils
 3 73 Djurgardens Alexander Urbom D 34 3-1-4 Albany Devils
 4 114 Sioux City Musketeers Seth Helgeson D 0 N/A Albany Devils
 5 144 Okotoks Oilers Derek Rodwell LW 0 N/A North Dakota
 6 174 Shawinigan Cataractes Ashton Bernard LW 0 N/A Unknown (Riviere-du-Loup in 11/12)
 7 204 Cowichan Valley Capitals Curtis Gedig D 0 N/A Ohio State Buckeyes

Your prototypical Devils draft, neither amazing nor horrible. Just there.

New York Islanders

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 1 London Knights John Tavares C 350 136-179-315 New York Islanders
 1 12 Oshawa Generals Calvin De Haan D 52 3-13-16 New York Islanders
 2 31 Blues Mikko Koskinen G 4 2-1-0 (4.33) Novosibirsk Sibir
 3 62 Lulea Anders Nilsson G 23 9-9-2 (3.05) Bridgeport Sound Tigers
 4 92 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors Casey Cizikas C 140 12-23-50 New York Islanders
 5 122 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Anton Klementyev D 1 0-0-0 Sokol Krasnoyarsk
 6 152 Edina High School Anders Lee C 24 10-6-16 New York Islanders

That Tavares guy is pretty good, and this Isles draft was actually pretty solid. Sure, both goalies are now in the KHL full-time, but Cizikas was a good fourth rounder, and Lee might be a steal after  his time with Notre Dame and a stellar late season stint.

New York Rangers

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 19 Andover High School Chris Kreider C 89 19-21-40 New York Rangers
 2 47 Kingston Frontenacs Ethan Werek C 0 N/A Portland Pirates
 3 80 US NTDP Ryan Bourque C 0 N/A Hartford Wolf Pack
 5 127 Ceske Budejovice Roman Horak C 84 6-13-19 Oklahoma City Barons
 5 140 Owen Sound Attack Scott Stajcer G 0 N/A Hartford Wolf Pack
 6 170 Sudbury Wolves Daniel Maggio D 0 N/A Lake Erie Monsters
 7 200 Mechel Mikhail Pashnin D 0 N/A Lokomotiv Yraoslavl

Krieder seems set to be a top forward for the Rangers, and Bourque should eventually get a full-time shot. It’s a shame Werek hasn’t panned out yet though.

Ottawa Senators

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 9 Spokane Chiefs Jared Cowen D 158 12-21-33 Ottawa Senators
 2 39 Brynas Jakob Silfverberg LW 100 20-22-42 Anaheim Ducks
 2 46 Frolunda Robin Lehner G 61 21-24-10 (2.82) Ottawa Senators
 4 100 Miami Redhawks Chris Wideman D 0 N/A Binghamton Senators
 5 130 Drummondville Voltigeurs Mike Hoffman C 29 3-3-6 Binghamton Senators
 5 146 Cedar Rapids Rough Riders Jeff Costello LW 0 N/A Notre Dame Fighting Irish
 6 160 Ottawa 67’s Corey Cowick LW 0 N/A Binghamton Senators
 7 190 Avon Old Farms Brad Peltz LW 0 N/A Unknown (Trenton Titans in 12/13)
 7 191 Lincoln Stars Michael Sdao D 0 N/A Binghamton Senators

Hound Power alumni FTW. With Wideman and Hoffman both having strong AHL campaigns, this draft class looks to be a stellar one for the Sens, even though they had trade away Silfverberg in order to get Bobby Ryan.

Philadelphia Flyers

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 3 81 Saskatoon Blades Adam Morrison G 0 N/A South Carolina Stingrays
 3 87 Brynas Simon Bertilsson D 0 N/A Brynas
 5 142 Moncton Wildcats Nicola Riopel G 0 N/A Frederikshavn
 6 153 Shawinigan Cataractes Dave Labrecque C 0 N/A Briancon
 6 172 Windsor Spitfires Eric Wellwood LW 31 5-5-10 Retired (Leg Injury in 2013)
 7 196 St. Cloud State Huskies Oliver Lauridsen D 15 2-1-3 Adirondack Phantoms

Welp, since Wellwood had to retire, it’s up a to a late seventh round pick to save this draft class. I don’t think I like Philly’s chances.

Phoenix Coyotes

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 6 Leksands Oliver Ekman-Larsson D 258 32-79-111 Phoenix Coyotes
 2 36 US NTDP Chris Brown C 17 1-1-2 Hershey Bears
 3 91 Fargo Force Mike Lee G 0 N/A Portland Pirates
 4 97 Saginaw Spirit Jordan Szwarz RW 26 3-0-3 Portland Pirates
 4 105 Red Deer Rebels Justin Weller D 0 N/A Gwinnett Gladiators
 6 157 Kelowna Rockets Evan Bloodoff LW 0 N/A Florida Everblades

Ekman-Larsson’s a stud on the blueline, and easily makes this draft a success. I’m hoping Mike Lee gets healthy at some point though, as he was a pretty decent goalie for St. Cloud State before Ryan Faragher took over.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 30 Saint John Sea Dogs Simon Despres D 85 3-13-16 Pittsburgh Penguins
 2 61 Chicago Steel Philip Samuelsson D 5 0-0-0 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
 3 63 Little Falls High School Ben Hanowski RW 16 1-2-3 Abbotsford Heat
 4 121 Shawinigan Cataractes Nick Petersen RW 0 N/A Schwennigen Wild Wings
 5 123 Delbarton High School Alex Velischek D 0 N/A Arizona Sundogs
 5 151 Belleville Bulls Andy Bathgate LW 0 N/A Konigsborner
 6 181 Oskarshamn Viktor Ekbom D 0 N/A Orebro

Hey look, the Penguins drafted two defenders and dealt Hanowski for a rental player. Yippie! Though to be fair, I expect Despres will finally get a long look here before to long with the Penguins.

San Jose Sharks

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 2 43 US NTDP William Wrenn D 0 N/A Texas Stars
 2 57 Kingston Frontenacs Taylor Doherty D 0 N/A Worcester Sharks
 5 146 London Knights Philip Varone C 9 1-1-2 Rochester Americans
 7 189 Prince George Cougars Marek Viedensky C 0 N/A Worcester Sharks
 7 207 Berlin Polar Bears Dominik Bielke D 0 N/A EHC Munich

This doesn’t look good at the moment, but I expect the 800 foot tall Doherty will finally get a chance to be in the Sharks before too long. I mean, how long can you let a guy as tall as he is hang around in the minors before he gets the KHL bug.

St. Louis Blues

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 17 Skelleftea David Rundblad D 55 1-8-9 Chicago Blackhawks
 2 48 Portland Winterhawks Brett Ponich D 0 N/A Kalamazoo Wings
 3 78 Tolyatti Lada Sergei Andronov LW 0 N/A Chicago Wolves
 4 108 Kamloops Blazers Tyler Shattock RW 0 N/A Chicago Wolves
 6 168 Erie Otters David Shields D 0 N/A Chicago Wolves
 7 202 Duluth East High School Maxwell Tardy C 0 N/A Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs

So what if Rundblad didn’t work out, the Blues have an exciting collection of AHLers in the system. What do you mean that’s not good?

Tampa Bay Lightning

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 2 Modo Victor Hedman D 333 29-115-144 Tampa Bay Lightning
 1 29 Lethbridge Hurricanes Carter Ashton RW 47 0-3-3 Toronto Maple Leafs
 2 52 Trinec Ocelari Richard Panik RW 75 8-14-22 Tampa Bay Lightning
 4 93 Barrie Colts Alex Hutchings LW 0 N/A Rochester Americans
 5 148 Oshawa Generals Michael Zador G 0 N/A Unknown (Owen Sound Attack in 10/11)
 6 162 Erie Otters Jaroslav Janus G 0 N/A Slovan Bratislava
 7 183 Shattuck St. Mary’s Kirill Gotovets D 0 N/A Cornell Big Red

I said this in a previous OHL draft recap, but how has Zador fallen off the face of the earth? Hedman started a bit slow, but had an awesome 13/14 season that proved his high draft pick. That Panik pick looks pretty solid as well.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 7 London Knights Nazem Kadri C 177 46-67-113 Toronto Maple Leafs
 2 50 US NTDP Kenny Ryan RW 0 N/A Toronto Marlies
 2 58 Windsor Spitfires Jesse Blacker D 0 N/A Norfolk Admirals
 3 68 Plymouth Whalers Jamie Devane LW 2 0-0-0 Toronto Marlies
 5 128 Philadelphia Jr. Flyers Eric Knodel D 0 N/A New Hampshire Wildcats
 6 158 US NTDP Jerry D’Amigo LW 22 1-2-3 Toronto Marlies
 7 188 Peterborough Petes Barron Smith D 0 N/A Alberta Golden Bears

This is the first Burke draft, which led to the greatest exchange in NHL Draft history. With Kadri seemingly on the block now, this class looks a bit worse off if he’s gone, with D’Amigo the one somewhat impactful talent left in the system. On a side note, Burke seriously selected Barron Smith?

Vancouver Canucks

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 22 Minnesota Golden Gophers Jordan Schroeder C 56 6-9-15 Vancouver Canucks
 2 53 Brynas Anton Rodin RW 0 N/A Brynas
 3 83 Western Michigan Broncos Kevin Connauton D 36 1-7-8 Dallas Stars
 4 113 Nepean Raiders Jeremy Price D 0 N/A South Carolina Stingrays
 5 143 Frolunda Peter Andersson D 0 N/A Utica Comets
 6 173 Merrimack Warriors Joe Cannata G 0 N/A Utica Comets
 7 187 Saint John Sea Dogs Steven Anthony LW 0 N/A St. Charles Chill

I knew that Schroeder was one of the top American players in World Junior history, but I forgot how good his freshman season was with the Golden Gophers prior to being drafted.  At this point, it’s up to him to save the draft class for the Canucks, especially since Connauton was dealt for rent-a-player Derek Roy.

Washington Capitals

Rnd. No. Team Player Name Pos. NHL Games Played Career Stats Current Status
 1 24 Farjestad Marcus Johansson C 263 41-98-139 Washington Capitals
 2 55 Novokuznetsk Metallurg Dmitri Orlov D 119 6-25-31 Washington Capitals
 3 85 Swift Current Broncos Cody Eakin C 159 27-40-67 Dallas Stars
 4 115 Waterloo Black Hawks Patrick Wey D 9 0-3-3 Hershey Bears
 5 145 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors Brett Flemming D 0 N/A Reading Royals
 6 175 Regina Pats Garrett Mitchell D 0 N/A Hershey Bears
 7 205 PEI Rocket Benjamin Casavant LW 0 N/A Trois-Rivieres Vikings

And to finish things off, we have a pretty decent crop of players for the Capitals. Though how Casavant didn’t catch on with anyone after some pretty good junior numbers is beyond me.

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