Desjardins’ NHLE for 2009 Draft

Scott Glennie is among the top rated forwards eligible for the 2009 entry draft based on Desjardins’ NHL equivalencies.

John Tavares’ NHLE is on par with Steve Stamkos’ number one year ago, and Ryan Ellis is off the charts offensively.

Below are the players who are ranked among the top prospect for this year’s draft and their NHLE’s. If they’re not on the list, the prospect plays in a league that Desjardins’ NHLE can’t accurately predict at this time.

  1. John Tavares 25-21-46
  2. Evander Kane 19-20-39
  3. Jordan Schroeder 10-25-35
  4. Matt Duchene 13-21-34
  5. Nazem Kadri 11-23-34
  6. Scott Glennie 13-18-31
  7. Brayden Schenn 11-20-31
  8. Jordan Caron 15-12-27
  9. Zack Kassian 10-15-25
  10. Peter Holland 10-14-24
  11. Ryan O’Reilly 6-18-24
  12. Louis Leblanc 10-12-22
  13. Magnus Pääjärvi-Svensson 9-13-22
  14. Landon Ferraro 13-7-20
  15. Jacob Josefson 6-14-10
  16. Carter Ashton 11-7-18
  17. Phillip Paradis 7-10-17
  18. Marcus Johansson 5-6-11

Jordan Schroeder would be the forward who jumps out in a positive way, and Pääjärvi-Svensson (and all of the Swedes) suffers under this microscope. One reason would be ice time, as he clearly has impressive talent (6-6-12 in 6 WJC’s games) when playing against kids his own age. Jani Rita suffered from this very problem (ice-time) and a team selecting any of these Swedish kids might want to get him over to North America. We can’t overrate the problem, as Hedman (below) played in the same league and performed well offensively. Kadri’s season also deserves mention.

  1. Ryan Ellis 9-29-38
  2. Victor Hedmon 10-21-31
  3. Dmitri Kulikov 5-20-25
  4. Calvin De Haan 3-20-23
  5. Stefan Elliott 6-13-19
  6. John Moore 5-10-15
  7. Charles-Olivier Roussel 4-11-15
  8. David Rundblad 0-14-14
  9. Jared Cowen 4-7-11
  10. Simon Despres 1-10-11
  11. Tim Erixon 2-6-8
  12. Oliver Ekman Larsson 1-4-5

Hedman doesn’t rank at the top of this list, but based on the offense he supplied in a strong pro league I’d suggest he might be the best player in the draft. Ryan Ellis is off the charts in terms of boxcars and his NHLE is the third best number overall. Kulikov and De Haan are also of interest.

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