Something that seemed to be a foregone conclusion suddenly doesn’t seem so sure. I’m referring, of course, to the identity of the first overall selection in the 2009 NHL Draft, which takes place later this month in the birthplace of the NHL, Montreal.
For the past several months, OHL star John Tavares has been the prohibitive favorite to have his name called by the NHL’s worst team in 2008-09, the New York Islanders. More recently, though, Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman has been drawing attention as the potential top selection in this Draft, so we have some intrigue heading into this event.
And given this site’s status as the top hockey prospect resource online, it is safe to say that Hockey’s Future will have plenty of coverage of the NHL Draft before, during, and after the occasion.
Our coverage actually began last month with the look back at the 2004 NHL Draft. Now that five years have passed since that event, it presents a good chance to evaluate how each of the 30 teams performed at the draft table in that year. Several of these reviews have been posted, but a few more should find their way to the home page in the next week for your reading pleasure.
In the next couple of days, you should start seeing the NHL Draft previews for all the NHL clubs. Our previews always provide a look at a team’s strengths and needs heading into the Draft, as well as our best guess as to the player they might select with their first pick.
Once the draft takes place on June 26th and 27th, Hockey’s Future will be there to provide coverage of the proceedings. We hope to have some video coverage as we did at last year’s Draft, in addition to the information that we usually gather for our readers at this event. We might even tweet a few times, so be sure to follow our Twitter action at HF’s Twitter domicile. And if you aren’t a follower yet, why not take the time do so? It only takes one click.
And following the Draft we’ll have complete draft reviews for the 30 teams, so don’t slip into summer mode until you’ve had a chance to read all those reviews.
Of course, no visit to HF would be complete without a visit to the 2009 NHL Draft Center. All the coverage we’ve provided of this year’s draft, whether it is player interviews, ISS monthly top 30 reports, or other draft-related articles, can be found in the Draft Center. Plus, we have profiles of many of the top prospects eligible for this Draft, so you’ll have all the info you need in this one-stop draft destination.
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