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2009 Fantasy Draft Rankings

JJagr_Draft Draft rankings are all well and good but what we're really interested in around here is what type of impact these draft picks will have from a fantasy perspective... so below we offer you the Fantasy Hockey Scouts 2009 Fantasy Draft Rankings.  We give you our top 30 draft-eligible players based on their long-term fantasy potential.  Consider this a cheatsheet for your prospect draft or use this as a guide for your regular fantasy hockey league draft.

A few things to note:

We're assuming that you're willing to take risk... the NHL Draft is such a bloody crapshoot, so you might as well swing for the fences... damn right you're gonna strikeout a bunch but considering only a few of these guys are going to become big time fantasy hockey contributors, its no time to play it safe.

Don't be discouraged by where a player is picked... guys like Brad Richards, Derek Roy, Zach Parise, etc., were all underestimated by scouts due to their size or thought to be one dimensional or something stupid like that but their numbers leading up to the draft indicated that they had a lot of fantasy hockey potential.

On the flipside, don't overrate players based on what the scouts say... often scouts fall in love with guys because of their size or two-way ability or because they beat up on weak competition... a few names like Manny Malhotra, Nikita Alexeev and Benoit Pouliot come to mind as guys who the scouts were wetting their pants over but we could have told you wouldn't be fantasy worthy based on their numbers.

Check out the entire list after the jump:

Rank Player Pos, Team, 2008-09 Stats, FHS Consolidated Rank
 #1   John Tavares   C, London (OHL),  56 GP 58+46=104,  FHS C-Rank: 1
  + Set all kinds of records over a brilliant OHL career, close to a goal-a-game
  - Numbers peaked at 16 (72+62=134) and decreased the last two years
 ETA   Will be in the NHL next year and we expect decent production right away
 #2   M.Paajarvi-Svensson   LW, Timra (Swe),  50 GP 7+10=17,  FHS C-Rank: 5
  + Already played two seasons in SEL and just turned 18
  - Projects to be more of a playmaker than a scorer
 ETA   Has year left on contract with Timra and then should make NHL debut in 2010-11
 #3   Jordan Schroeder   RW, UofMinn (NCAA),  35 GP 13+32=45,  FHS C-Rank: 8
  + Leading freshman scorer in the country last year and his numbers project well
  - Elite prospects, like Parise, had much better numbers at same point (61 points)
 ETA   Probably at least another year (maybe two) of college
 #4   Victor Hedman   D, MoDo (Swe),  43 GP 7+14=21,  FHS C-Rank: 2
  + 2nd amongst junior aged scorers in the SEL last year, 3rd in entire league in +/-
  - Hasn't shown well at last two WJCs… 12 GP 0+3=3
 ETA   In NHL next year but don't expect a lot of offense right away
 #5   Evander Kane   C, Vancouver (WHL),  61 GP 48+48=96,  FHS C-Rank: 4
  + Very solid combination of points and PIMs (89) last year
  - Has benefited from a playing on a strong team and only had 41 points in '07-08
 ETA   We'd bet he goes back to Jr. for another year to fill out and get stronger
 #6   Matt Duchene   C, Brampton (OHL),  57 GP 31+48=79,  FHS C-Rank: 3
  + Impressed at U-18s in '08 as a 17-year old… 7 GP 5+3=8
  - Was playing on a loaded Brampton team so you'd think his numbers would be better
 ETA   He needs to get stronger so he'll go back to the O for another year
 #7   Brayden Schenn   C, Brandon (WHL),  70 GP 32+56=88,  FHS C-Rank: 6
  + Led team in scoring in regular season and playoffs, chipped in 82 PIMs as well
  - Scouts seem to like him more for his two-way play than his offensive ability
 ETA   Could be a guy that makes the jump to the NHL right away, like his brother
 #8   Scott Glennie   C, Brandon (WHL),  55 GP 28+42=70,  FHS C-Rank: 12
  + Injured in January but came back and lit it up in the WHL playoffs… 12 GP 3+15=18
  - His goal totals are low despite playing with a talented setup man in B.Schenn
 ETA   Back to junior next year as he needs to improve his strength
 #9   Dmitri Kulikov   D, Drummondville (QMJHL),  57 GP 12+50=62,  FHS C-Rank: 10
  + Was dominant in the Q (top rookie and dman awards) and looks to be in NA to stay
  - The NHL record of Russian players after playing in the CHL is less than impressive
 ETA   We could see him making the jump as a team might worry that he'd go back to the KHL
 #10   Ryan Ellis   D, Windsor (OHL),  57 GP 22+67=89,  FHS C-Rank: 15
  + Put up huge numbers in Jr. and we expect his rifle shot to be a factor in the NHL
  - His size could mean that it takes him a little longer to get the opportunity in the NHL
 ETA   He's probably a few years away
 #11   Toni Rajala   LW, Ilves (Fin-Jr),  29 GP 13+17=30,  FHS C-Rank: N/A
  + Exploded at the U-18s (6 GP 10+9=19) where he was named touney's top forward
  - Numbers in Finland don't suggest he'll be an elite scorer but he's a risk worth taking
 ETA   Under contract for one more year in Finland and Finns tend to be patient
 #12   Nazem Kadri   C, London (OHL),  56 GP 25+53=78,  FHS C-Rank: 11
  + His numbers in '07-08 were similar to teammate Mikkel Boedker's
  - Played on some pretty talented teams but the goal totals have been low
 ETA   Size and strength are an issue so he's probably a few years away
 #13   David Rundblad   D, Skelleftea (Swe),  45 GP 0+10=10,  FHS C-Rank: 18
  + Great numbers in the Swedish junior leagues and already a regular in the SEL at 18
  - Has not impressed on the international stage at the U-18s or WJC
 ETA   Has a contract for two more years with Skelleftea
 #14   Jeremy Morin   C, US-NTDP (U-18),  45 GP 25+20=45,  FHS C-Rank: 29
  + Score goals wherever he plays, led US in goals at the last two U-18s
  - His numbers for NTDP are solid but don't blow us away
 ETA   Going the OHL route and will play in Kitchener next year
 #15   Landon Ferraro   RW, Red Deer (WHL),  68 GP 37+18=55,  FHS C-Rank: 21
  + 37 goals on a bad Red Deer team is solid & he plays fiesty (99 PIMs)
  - Low point totals, hopefully just a reflection of a poor team
 ETA   We'd expect him to go back to Jr.
 #16   Stefan Elliott   D, Saskatoon (WHL),  71 GP 16+39=55,  FHS C-Rank: 27
  + More points than Mike Green (39) had in his draft year for Saskatoon
  - Offers virtually no PIMs and needs to work on his defensive game
 ETA   Needs to get stronger so he's a few years from NHL action
 #17   Tim Erixon   D, Skelleftea (Swe),  45 GP 2+5=7,  FHS C-Rank: N/A
  + Played full season in SEL and led all dmen at U-18s in scoring (6GP 3+6=9)
  - Didn't get much ice time at WJC and was held scoreless in 5 games
 ETA   Has a contract for two more years with Skelleftea
 #18   Mikko Koskinen   G, Espoo (Fin),  17-7-9, 1.91, .931,  FHS C-Rank: N/A
  + Outstanding season in Finland where he was top 3 in league in gaa
  - Was passed by in 3 drafts (already 20) so was this year for real?
 ETA   Is under contract from one more year and you have to be real patient with goalies
 #19   John Moore   D, Chicago (USHL),  57 GP 14+25=39,  FHS C-Rank: 14
  + Comparable USHL numbers to John Carlson, who went on to light up the OHL
  - Can be hard to project USHL players, so we'll see how he does in NCAA
 ETA   Probably will spend 2 years in college before turning pro
 #20   Jacob Josefson   C, Djurgarden (Swe),  50 GP 5+11=16,  FHS C-Rank: 13
  + May be lost in the shuffle of all the Swedes but had solid numbers in SEL at 17
  - Poor performance at the WJC as he went pointless in 6 games
 ETA   Will probably be left to develop in Sweden for another year or two
 #21   Richard Panik   C, Trinec (Cze-Jr),  16 GP 10+9=19,  FHS C-Rank: N/A
  + His numbers in Cze-Jr league and U-18s at age 16 were fantastic
  - Took a step back this year in Extraliga and WJC… so he's a risky pick
 ETA   Expected to play in Windsor next year
 #22   Louis Leblanc   C, Omaha (USHL),  58 GP 28+31=59,  FHS C-Rank: 20
  + Among USHL leaders in points and +/- with 76 PIMs to boot
  - Elite players (ie Vanek, Stastny, Okposo) put up better numbers in USHL
 ETA   Going to Harvard next year so he's in no rush
 #23   Tomas Tatar   C, HK Zvolen (Svk),  48 GP 7+8=15,  FHS C-Rank: N/A
  + Was a revelation at the WJC (7GP 7+4=11) & played in the top Slovakian league
  - Would expect better numbers from a top prospect so may be overrated due to WJC
 ETA   He's a long shot, years away
 #24   Zach Kassian   RW, Peterborough (OHL),  61 GP 24+39=63,  FHS C-Rank: 17
  + Over a ppg and 136 PIMs shows that he could be a multi-category stud
  - His skills don't appear to be high end so he may become more of a grinder
 ETA   Has the size so could be in the NHL soon, maybe a year later ala Milan Lucic
 #25   Chris Kreider   LW, Andover (USHS),  26 GP 33+23=56,  FHS C-Rank: 23
  + Bullying HS competition but is said to be an elite level skater with nice skills
  - HS guys are hard to project and he could be overrated due to size and skating
 ETA   Going to BC next year, will probably be there for 2+ years
 #26   Calvin de Haan   D, Oshawa (OHL),  68 GP 8+55=63,  FHS C-Rank: 28
  + On a bad team but finished top 10 in OHL scoring among dmen and rookies
  - Low goals and PIMs totals & scouts are questioning his size
 ETA   Back to Jr. for a few more years
 #27   Olivier Roy   G, Cape Breton (QMJHL), 35-13-0, 2.80, .906, FHS C-Rank: N/A
  + Became a full-time starter in Q at 17 and put up solid numbers for a good team
  - Picking goalies is risky but if you've got the patience then go for it
 ETA   Stash him away on your bench and check back in 3-5 years
 #28   Ethan Werek   C, Kingston (OHL),  66 GP 32+32=64,  FHS C-Rank: N/A
  + Had a strong year on a poor team, really came on in the 2nd half & added 83 PIMs
  - Not top end skating or skills so he may be overrated due to his size
 ETA   He's a long term project
 #29   O. Ekman-Larsson   D, Leksand (Swe-1),  39 GP 3+14=17,  FHS C-Rank: 9
  + Good numbers playing in Swedish 2nd Div. and one of the top scoring dmen at U-18s
  - No experience in SEL and left off the WJC team
 ETA   Needs to fill out and get stronger so he'll stay in Sweden for a while
 #30   Dylan Olsen   D, Camrose (Jr.A),  53 GP 10+19=29,  FHS C-Rank: N/A
  + Only non CHL player to make the Canadian U-18 team, kid has a rocket of a shot
  - Risky until we see how he does against better competition
 ETA   Committed to Minn-Duluth next year, give him a few years