Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Islanders win Lottery, Avs Stand Pat at 3rd.

Looks like Matt Duchene is likely to become a member of the Avalanche, barring a trade moving the Avalanche up or down at the draft.

1. New York
2. Tampa Bay
3. Colorado
4. Atlanta
5. Los Angeles

Today, Bob McKenzie reported:

From Jassi Bedi: As it stands, the Avalanche are slated to draft Matt Duchene. What do the scouts think of him?

Bob McKenzie: Jassi, the scouts love everything about Duchene. They like his size, strength, speed, skill and smarts. They see him as a character player, as someone who can score goals, make plays and work as hard without the puck as with it. There’s nothing not to like about the Brampton Battalion forward. Tavares and Hedman are heavy favorites to go one-two in this draft, but if there’s one player who could upset that scenario, it’s probably Duchene. Not to give it away just yet, but when we release a revised Top 15 draft ranking tonight on the NHL Draft Lottery show on TSN at 8 p.m. eastern, Duchene will be a rock-solid No. 3 but at least one of the 10 scouts we surveyed had him at No. 2, ahead of Hedman.

So, there's also a slim chance that Victor Hedman may still be around at #3. Very slim. It's rumored that Tampa Bay might be interested in trading the 2nd overall pick, and I believe it would take trading the 2nd overall to a team heavy with defense prospects (LA Kings) for Hedman to still be on the baord when Colorado drafts. Tampa has enough offense and needs to draft a top level defenseman, which is good for them because they're slated to draft one.

But with Brian Lawton and company, logic doesn't apply.

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