It may be hard to believe, but it’s already been five years since players like John Tavares and Matt Duchene were selected in the 2009 NHL Draft. While we live in a sports world of instant gratification and mocking those who don’t immediately provide results, five years is a long time in hockey years. So now seems like a good time to revisit that 2009 NHL Draft and see how the first round would shake out if it occurred today, knowing what we now know.
Before we get to the revamped draft, some interesting tidbits. According to hockeydb.com, there have been 98 players selected in that 2009 NHL Draft that have appeared in a NHL game and all but one player selected in the first round has appeared in a NHL game. In comparison to the previous three drafts:
- - 2008: 102 players selected played at least one NHL game; four players selected in the first round have yet to appear in a NHL game
- - 2007: 92 players selected played at least one NHL game; five players selected in the first round have yet to appear in a NHL game
- - 2006: 88 players selected played at least one NHL game; three players selected in the first round have yet to appear in a NHL game
What does that mean? In my estimation teams have done a better job at scouting and player development in recent years. Whether it’s the use of advance statistics or just the need to rely on cheap labor, the game continues to get younger and faster.
So before we put on our 20/20 vision goggles and start re-drafting, a few things to consider: (1) we’re using the order of where teams actually selected meaning that Tampa Bay still selects 29th due to its trade with Detroit; and (2) we’re drafting players to teams with their current rosters meaning there’s no hypothetical if Dallas doesn’t select Scott Glennie seventh and picked someone actually good, they would have finished better in other years, affecting its draft spots, etc. So without further delay: