Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Top 5 NHL Draft Prospects

Per Jesse Marshall of Faceoff-Factor, these are your top 5 draft prospects for this weekends draft in Montreal, Canada:

1. Victor Hedman(Sweden) D- 6'6 220 lbs, 18

A mix of Jay Bowmeester and Niklas Lidstrom. Former NHLer Peter Forsberg called him the "best Swedish defenseman since Lidstrom." That's quite a compliment. He's very good leading the rush and plays extremely well in both zones. Not a big hitter but can provide a shutdown role and skates well for a big man. He dominated the Swedish League at 18 with 21 pts in 43 games.
Will end up: #2 pick for Tampa Bay Lightning

2. John Tavares (Canada) C- 6'0 195 lbs, 18

Has got incredible hands and moves that will remind people of Patrick Kane or Sidney Crosby. He will most likely be selected 1st overall by the Islanders this weekend unlesss GM Garth Snow ends up on more drugs than Chris Farley and Kurt Cobain combined. Tavares is fairly small but has quick movements and is a very entertaing player to watch. He's not overly physical and isn't the best skater. "Many have also questioned his performance in the clutch." -JM
Will end up: #1 pick for NY Islanders

3. Matt Duchene (Canada) C- 5'11 200 lbs, 17

Is a future captain in the NHL because of his great leadership abilities. Has a good 2-way game excelling both at offense and defense.
"Models his game after Sid the Kid"-Alex Kirshner. Not too big but he doesn't mind hitting and is very strong on his skates. The 2nd best offensive option behind John Tavares in the draft. Although Tavares might be flashy, Duchene is a warrior and will do whatever it takes to help his team win.
Will end up: #3 pick for Colorado Avalanche

4. Braydonn Schenn (Canada) C- 6'0 198 lbs, 17

Brother of Toronto rookie Luke Schenn, Braydonn has just as big of a heart and also has captain written all over him. Might be compared to someone like Mike Richards. Good in both zones, has soft hands, and can score timely goals for his team. Schenn like his brother Luke, doesn't mind throwing the mits down. He'll scrap, make a big hit, get in someone's face and do anything to get his team going. A more fiesty version of Mike Richards, can you say Bobby Clarke?
Will end up: #4 pick for Atlanta Thrashers

5. Magnus Sevensson-Paajervi (Sweden) LW- 6'1 201 lbs, 18

This Swedish standout is some kind of combination of Marion Gaborik and Peter Forsberg. He's got incredible blazing speed, so does Pascal Dupuis right? He's got soft hands and very quick moves that will leave defenseman frozen at times. "He isn't the most committed defensive player,"- MF. And he isn't known as a great passer either. In other words he's Maxim Afinogenov but he actually comes to the rink everyday.
Will end up: #6 pick for Phoenix Coyotes

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