Stuart McDonald, who pens Stu's Slant every Saturday, will give you immediate reaction to each player selected Friday.
Stu's Final Summary/Thoughts on the First Round:
Eight players taken in the first round are listed under six feet tall. The smart money has Detroit taking Carl Klingberg with the 32nd pick. He's a Swede but plays like a Canadian. I've heard many theories why as to why Burke took Kadri. My theory is he checked with Murray because he trusts Ottawa's scouting department more than his own. Draft picks I liked. Tampa Nice job by Brian Lawton. Not only did he grab Hedman, he realized he could grab Ashton at the end of the first and traded up to grab him. Ashton wouldn't have been there at 32. Florida The Panthers got a nice surprise when Kulikov fell into their lap. They needed a defenseman anyway. It's always nice to grab the first Russian. NYR Rangers had depth to take a chance on a kid like Kreider with huge upside. With his speed what's the worst that could happen – third line? Vancouver The Canucks stole Schroeder with the 22nd pick. Schroeder fell because teams got cold feet at the last minute because he's 5'8. New Jersey They gave up a very late third rounder to move up and get a player they like who really fits in with their team. Draft picks I didn't like. Worst performance – The Islanders traded their first (26th overall), second, third, fourth and seventh round picks for Calvin de Haan. They might have had de Haan with their 26th pick. Second worst performance – Minnesota. They could have traded down and picked up Leddy. They were lucky Schroeder fell to them but passed on him anyway. Weird. I don't like what Buffalo did. Kassian went higher than he should have because Buffalo picked for need (size) and didn't pick the best player available. I've seen Kassian skate. He makes Justin Azevedo look like Joe Sakic.
The 2009 NHL Draft – First Round
1. New York Islanders – John Tavares – C
2. Tampa Bay Lightning – Victor Hedman – D
3. Colorado Avalanche – Matt Duchene – C
4. Atlanta Thrashers – Evander Kane – W
5. Los Angeles Kings – Brayden Schenn – C
6. Phoenix Coyotes – Oliver Ekman-Larsson – D
7. Toronto Maple Leafs – Nazem Kadri – C
8. Dallas Stars – Scott Glennie – W
9. Ottawa Senators – Jared Cowen – D
10. Edmonton Oilers – Magnus Paajarvi-Sv