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2009 NHL Entry Draft: The Re-Draft

Hindsight is 20/20.

Former National Hockey League general manager and TSN analyst Craig Button looks back at the 2009 Entry Draft and unveils his first round draft selections if he had a second chance to pick with what he's seen of the players two years later.

The Re-Draft, June 2011

NOW 2009 DIFF TEAM PLAYER BUTTON'S NOTES
1 3 +2 COL Matt Duchene 2-way centres who can excel in any situation are valuable.
2 2 0 TB Victor Hedman Emerging as that dominant top 2 defenseman.
3 1 -2 NYI John Tavares Gifted scorer. Feel best success can come as a winger.
4 6 +2 PHX Oliver Ekman-Larsson Controls the game with his skills and head.
5 11 +6 NAS Ryan Ellis He always has the puck. Size is of no concern to me.
6 5 -1 LA Brayden Schenn May not be a prolific scorer, will be a catalyst for winning.
7 4 -3 ATL Evander Kane A very good two-way player with a strong future.
8 14 +6 FLA Dmitry Kulikov A very good skating, and puck handling defenseman.
9 24 +15 WAS Marcus Johansson Strong awareness of two-way play, will only improve.
10 23 +13 CGY Tim Erixon No situation in game that he can't play. Top two potential.
11 10 -1 EDM Magnus Paajarvi Second line type who will contribute in a lot of ways.
12 7 -5 TOR Nazem Kadri Wants to be the 'go to' guy. Maturing.
13 20 +7 NJD Jacob Josefson Plays the whole game. What a fit for the Devils.
14 16 +2 MIN Nick Leddy Took a significant step ahead with Blackhawks.
15 17 +2 STL David Rundblad Swedish defenceman of the year.
16 8 -8 DAL Scott Glennie Still a Scott Mellanby type.
17 19 +2 NYR Chris Kreider Has advanced his game well.
18 18 0 MTL Louis Leblanc Overcoming a shoulder injury but a solid prospect.
19 9 -10 OTT Jared Cowen Nothing flashy but a good, solid 2nd pair defenseman.
20 25 +5 BOS Jordan Caron Nice compliment to Lucic.
21 28 +7 CHI Dylan Olsen Not a lot of flash but loads of substance.
22 30 +8 PIT Simon Despres Not a top player but a very effective one.
23 13 -10 BUF Zack Kassian Others catching up and Zack finding his level?
24 26 +2 ANA Kyle Palmieri A scorer who does it well.
25 21 -4 CLB John Moore Still learning how to use dynamic ability.
26 15 -11 ANA Peter Holland Shows flashes with inconsistency of unfulfilled promise.
27 12 -15 NYI Calvin de Haan A surprise at 12 in 2009.
28 29 +1 TB Carter Ashton 3rd liner who adds physical and boards play.
29 22 -7 VAN Jordan Schroeder Talent but not a lot of progress at AHL level.
30 27 -3 CAR Philippe Paradis In his third organization after being drafted.


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Western Conference

(1) COL 1, (WC) MIN 0 (1) ANA 2, (WC) DAL 0
(2) STL 2, (3) CHI 0 (2) SJ 1, (3) LA 0


Eastern Conference

(1) BOS 0, (WC) DET 1 (1) PIT 1, (WC) CLB 1
(2) TAM 0, (3) MON 2 (2) NYR 1, (3) PHI 0


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