Islanders take Tavares first

Seven Swedes among top 30 selections

Montreal QC Canada

As expected John Tavares was picked first by the New York Islanders. Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

MONTREAL, Canada – The first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre in Montreal is finished.

John Tavares was selected first overall by the New York Islanders, followed by Victor Hedman to Tampa Bay and Matt Duchene to Colorado. Although these three were predictable selections, none of their new teams received offers of commensurate value in trade talks leading up the the draft. 

Of the 30 players selected, 17 were from Canada, seven from Sweden, five from USA, and one from Russia. Incredibly, not a single goaltender was selected. No major deals were completed. A few teams moved up or down slightly in the draft order, and the only notable name to be traded was Chris Pronger, who was acquired by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Here are the first round selections: 1. New York Islanders -- John Tavares (CAN) 2. Tampa Bay -- Victor Hedman (SWE) 3. Colorado -- Matt Duchene (CAN) 4. Atlanta -- Evander Kane (CAN) 5. Los Angeles -- Brayden Schenn (CAN) 6. Phoenix -- Oliver Ekman-Larsson (SWE) 7. Toronto -- Nazem Kadri (CAN) 8. Dallas -- Scott Glennie (CAN) 9. Ottawa -- Jared Cowen (CAN) 10. Edmonton -- Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson (SWE) 11. Nashville -- Ryan Ellis (CAN) 12. New York Islanders (from Minnesota) -- Calvin de Haan (CAN) *Minnesota acquires draft choices 16, 77, and 182 from Islanders 13. Buffalo -- Zack Kassian (CAN) 14. Florida -- Dmitri Kulikov (RUS) 15. Anaheim -- Peter Holland (CAN) 16. Minnesota (from Columbus--see 12th selection) -- Nick Leddy (USA) 17. St. Louis -- David Rundblad (SWE) 18. Montreal -- Louis Leblanc (CAN) 19. New York Rangers -- Chris Kreider (USA) 20. New Jersey (from Calgary) -- Jacob Josefsen (SWE) *Calgary acquires draft choices 23 and 84 from New Jersey 21. Columbus (from Anaheim) -- John Moore (USA) *Anaheim acquires draft choices 26 and 37 from Anaheim 22. Vancouver -- Jordan Schroeder (USA) 23. Calgary (acquried from New Jersey--see 20th selection) -- Tim Erixon (SWE) 24. Washington -- Marcus Johansson (SWE) 25. Boston -- Jordan Caron (CAN) 26. Anaheim -- Kyle Palmieri (USA) 27. Carolina -- Philippe Paradis (CAN) 28. Chicago -- Dylan Olsen (CAN) 29. Tampa Bay (from Detroit) -- Carter Ashton (CAN) *Detroit acquires draft choices 32 and 75 from Tampa Bay 30. Pittsburgh -- Simon Despres (CAN)

Rounds 2-7 will be held on Saturday. will provide full coverage and a wrap-up from the international perspective. 




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