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The Hockey News' 2009 Draft Prospect Rankings

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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.

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?

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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