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TSN's Top 2009 Draft Prospects

Pre-Season Report

Updated Sept. 10
On June 26, the best young amateur players in the world will be made available when the 2009 NHL Entry Draft takes place in Montreal. Follow the TSN Rankings - a compilation based on input from various scouts around the National Hockey League. (Photos: Getty Images)

* Numbers in brackets represent voting points a player received by 10 NHL scouts polled to obtain TSN's Pre-Season Top 10 for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

The Top 10

1. Victor Hedman (96 voting points)

Defence - MoDo (SWE)
Born: 12/18/90, Ornskoldsvik, Sweden
6-7, 220 lbs.

Notes: Helped lead Team Sweden to a silver medal at the 2008 World Junior Championship in Pardubice in the Czech Republic and was named to the tournament All-Star team...Member of Sweden's bronze medal-winning team at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Tournament...Tallied four points and 44 penalty minutes in 39 games last season with MoDo of the Swedish Elite League.

2. John Tavares (93 points)

Centre - Oshawa (OHL)
Born: 09/20/90, Misissauga, ON
6-0, 183 lbs.

Notes: Helped lead Canada to a gold medal at the 2008 World Junior Hockey Championship...Scored 40 goals and 118 points in 59 games with the Generals in 2007-08...In 2006-07, broke a mark previously held by Wayne Gretzky by scoring 72 goals in a season as a sixteen-year-old in the OHL...At age 14, was taken first overall by Oshawa in the 2005 OHL Priority Draft.

3. Jared Cowen (73 points)

Defence - Spokane (WHL)
Born: 01/25/91, Allan, SK
6-5, 215 lbs.

Notes: Helped lead Canada's national men's summer U-18 team to a gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament...Played 68 games for Spokane in 2007-08, tallying 18 points and a plus-27 rating with 62 penalty minutes...Taken first overall in WHL Bantam Draft in 2006 after playing for the Saskatoon Contacts of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA League.

4. Matt Duchene (68 points)

Centre - Brampton (OHL)
Born: 01/16/91, Peterborough, ON
5-11, 190 lbs.

Notes: Captained Canada at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August...led Canada's gold medal-winning team in goals at the 2008 IIHF under-18 championship at Russia...one of four underage players on the Canadian squad, scored five goals in seven games...during his first OHL season he scored 30 goals and 50 points in 64 games.

5. Brayden Schenn (60 points)

Centre - Brandon (WHL)
Born: 08/22/91, Saskatoon, SK
6-0, 192 lbs.

Notes: Led Wheat Kings and all WHL rookies in scoring in 2007-08 with 28 goals and 71 points in 66 games...Captured two gold medals while skating for Canada at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and the 2008 Men's Under-18s...member of gold medal winning Team Western at 2008 World Under 17 Challenge...chosen tournament All-Star forward and led the event in scoring...Named 2008 WHL Rookie of the Year.

6. Magnus Svensson-Paajarvi (57 points)

Left Wing - Timra IK (SWE)
Born: 04/12/91, Norrkoping, Sweden
6-0, 192 lbs.

Notes: Member of Sweden's bronze medal-winning team at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament...played for Sweden at the 2008 Men's Under-18s...Represented Sweden at the 2008 World Junior Championship in Pardubice and Liberec, Czech Republic...At 16 years and 8 months was the youngest player ever to play for the Swedish national junior team at the tournament.

7. Nazem Kadri (30 points)

Centre - London (OHL)
Born: 10/06/90, London, ON
6-0, 175 lbs.

Notes: Member of the 2008 OHL Champion Kitchener Rangers and participated in the 2008 Memorial Cup...was the Rangers first round selection at the 2006 OHL Draft...In 68 games in 2007-08, scored 25 goals and 65 points...scored nine goals and 26 points in 20 playoff games in 2008...acquired by Knights in the offseason.

8. Jordan Schroeder (22 points)

Forward - Minnesota (WCHA)
Born: 09/29/90, Prior Lake, MN
5-8, 175 lbs.

Notes: Played the past two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development program...led U.S. under-18s in scoring with 53 points in 55 games last season...played at the 2008 World Juniors and led the tournament with seven assists...helped the under-18 team to a bronze medal in 2008 and a silver medal in 2007 at the worlds...played prep hockey at St. Thomas Academy in 2005-06.

9. Evander Kane (14 points)

Centre - Vancouver (WHL)
Born: 08/02/91, Vancouver, BC
5-11, 160 lbs.

Notes: Helped lead Canada's national men's summer U-18 team to a gold medal at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament in Piestany, Slovakia in August, 2008...scored 24 goals and 41 points in 65 games with Vancouver Giants in 2007-08...WHL's Western Conference nominee for rookie of the year for 2007-08 after finishing tied for 10th in rookie scoring.

10. Louis Leblanc (10 points)

Forward - Omaha (USJHL)
Born: 01/26/91, Kirkland, QC
6-0, 171 lbs.

Notes: Member of Canada's gold medal-winning under-18 squad at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament in the Czech Republic...headed to Omaha to play one season for the Lancers of the United States Junior Hockey League...expected to enroll at Harvard University in the fall of 2009...played midget Triple-A hockey for the Lac St. Louis Lions, scoring 85 goals in two seasons.

Other First Rounders Receiving Top 10 Consideration

Jeremy Morin, C, U.S. Under-18 team; Zack Kassian, RW, Peterborough (OHL); Tommi Kivisto, D,Red Deer (WHL), Ryan Ellis, D, Windsor (OHL), Casey Cizikas, C, Mississauga (OHL); Ryan O'Reilly, C, Erie (OHL); David Rundblad, D, Skelleftea (SWE); Jacob Josefson, F, Djurgarden (SWE), Scott Glennie, C, Brandon (WHL); Taylor Doherty, D, Kingston (OHL); Richard Panik, LW, HC Trinec (SVK).

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