TSN Re-Draft: Duchene ahead of Tavares; Tyler bumps Taylor Staff

6/21/2011 8:36:44 PM

After two seasons, is John Tavares still a No. 1 overall pick? With one year under their belts, who would you take first - Taylor or Tyler?

With the first round of the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft ready to go on Friday, former NHL general manager and current TSN analyst Craig Button looked back at the first round of the 2009 and 2010 Drafts - compiling 'Re-Drafts' from the last two years.

He made the picks on Tuesday on That's Hockey 2Nite.

Button's task was simple - to take what he knows about the players now and then re-draft the first rounds of both years.

In 2009, the New York Islanders selected John Tavares first overall over Victor Hedman, who went to Tampa Bay second. Matt Duchene was selected third by Colorado.

With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, Button would select Duchene first, followed by Hedman and Tavares.

"Duchene is such a dynamic skater and can impact a game with his skating in so many different ways. That's a distinctive feature between him and Tavares," explained Button.

"I love Tavares. I love his competitve level and I love the way he scores goals, but I think he is going to need a little bit more help to get the most out of his abilities."

Some big movers in the 2009 Re-Draft included Marcus Johansson of the Capitals, who improved 15 spots, along with recently-traded Flames pick defenceman Tim Erixon, who gained 13 positions from his original draft slot.

Three Canadian teams saw their players fall a bit, with Toronto Maple Leafs pick Nazem Kadri dropping five spots, Vancouver Canucks forward Jordan Schroeder slipping seven spots and defenceman Jared Cowen of the Ottawa Senators falling 10 places.

With only one season in the books since the 2010 Entry Draft, there were still some surprising moves in the 2010 Re-Draft.

After the much hyped Taylor vs. Tyler debate heading into the 2010 Draft, Tyler Seguin has passed Taylor Hall according to Button. Defenceman Cam Fowler, who fell to 12th in 2010, moves up to third on Button's list.

"I think this is so much about where the players are going to be eventually and how good they are going to be as NHL players," said Button. "Obviously Hall is a really good player, but Seguin gave the glimpses of why he is going to be a star in this league.

"Hall is a powerful player and he is a dynamic player, but you have to keep in mind that a lot of these players have a lot of growth ahead of them. While Hall was ready to play in the NHL, that doesn't mean that other players aren't going to be just as good and perhaps maybe even a little bit better."

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Jarred Tinordi moved up by leaps and bounds through 14 positions, while Panthers defenceman Erik Gudbranson slipped 12 spots.

"Gudbranson is going to be a really good player in the NHL for a lot of years, but he's not in the Cam Fowler class, he's not in the Jeff Skinner class, he's not in the Ryan Johansen class, so what you have to keep in mind is that just because he's fallen back a year later in my assessment, it doesn't mean that he's not going to be a solid NHL player."

"When you look at Tinordi, he's much like his dad. He's raw, so it will take him a little bit of time to really realize that full potential. [He needs to] understand what a presence he can be in a game, not just with his size, but with his physical play with his offensive play, with his ability to shut other teams best players down," Button stated. "I think he's the type of guy when you start looking ahead, he's a 25-28 minute-a-game player in all situations."