Welcome to the 2009 NHL Draft live blog.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins First Round Pick is defenseman Simon Despres.
11:12 - Yet another look:
NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Bordeleau: "I think for a potential pro player, he's got the size and mobility. I've seen him many games, and he never seems to make a bad play. He's never going to get 100 points, but definitely, when you want a guy to play defense, he's your guy. He does it all, he'll block shots and he moves the puck at the right time.”
Saint John Sea Dogs head coach Jacques Beaulieu: “Simon is a very good skater with and without the puck. He has good hands for a big man and he has outstanding vision as well as hockey sense. To make it to the next level he will need to improve his upper body strength and his shot, but overall Simon is an outstanding person on and off the ice. He loves the game. He is without a doubt an NHL prospect.”
11:10 - A 2007 Montreal Gazette article on Despres:
"One look at Laval native Simon Despres on the ice, and it's immediately clear he is the epitome of the modern, puck-moving defenceman so coveted in today's hockey world. His skating stride is smooth and effortless, reminiscent of the player Despres admires most in the National Hockey League, Anaheim Ducks defenceman Scott Niedermayer.
His stickhandling and agility give him a rare level of confidence and poise with the puck, and he has a shot that is both powerful and accurate."
11:08 - Another look:
"Despres is one of the top 2 defenseman coming out the QMJHL this year. Already has really good size at 6’4” and 215. Plays well at both ends of the ice, but despite his size, he doesn’t play the body as much as he should. Tough to beat one-on-one, plays good positional hockey. Struggled during the playoffs and Under 18s (possibly due to a hip injury) which might hurt his draft stock, but he should still go in the 15-25 range."
11:05 - A look at Simon Despres:
"At 6'4 and 215 pounds, Despres has the physical tools to make the lives of attacking players difficult as they enter the zone. Meanwhile, he already has the poise and intelligence to make the safe and, more importantly, correct play in his own zone. His vision and ability to anticipate the play also benefit him in offensive situations, where he saw his point totals more than double over the previous year."
-- Hockey's Future
The Stanley Cup Champions are cheered.
Ray Shero takes Simon Despres.
With Detroit's pick the Lightning take Carter Ashton.
10:48 - TRADE: The Lightning have traded pick 32 and 75 to Detroit for pick 28.
10:47 - At this point Pierre McGuire is pretty much laughing at anything and everything.
The end is finally in sight.
The Hawks GM had bird flu. Is that irony?
This is the highest they have ever picked in the first round.
Scotty Bowman makes the pick.
The Montreal fans cheer.
He congratulates the Penguins and the Red Wings, teams he worked for in the past.
They take Dylan Olsen.
He's "physical" and "hard" as per our friend Pierre.
Ronny Franchise is up.
He names Philippe Paradis.
The Ducks Kyle Palmieri.
McGuire is excited at this "big body player."
The word "thick" may have also been used.
10:31 - It feels like the Pronger trade the Tavares pick were four days ago. They might have been. Memory that far back is hazy.
10:29 - Someone might actually use the 26th pick finally.
The Bruins won't be welcomed too warmly.
They're booed by the fans, but they congratulate the Pens.
They take Jordan Caron.
McGuire throws out a "big body."
McGuire throws out a "big body."
The Caps take Marcus Johansson.
That's seven players from Sweden in the first round, which is a record.
Caps GM George McPhee doesn't change timezones when he scouts in Europe.
He watches games at 4AM/ET and sleeps during the day.
10:20 - This is never, ever going to end.
10:18 - Pierre McGuire acts like he knows who every single team is going to pick before they do. And then, no matter who they actually pick, he acts like he knew it was going to happen all along.
Swedes are being picked like crazy this year.
Luongo makes the pick for the Canucks.
He picks Jordan Schroeder.
10:02 - The 26th pick has been traded like crazy.
San Jose, Tampa Bay, Ottawa, the Islanders, Columbus and now Anaheim have had their hands on it.
The Blue Jackets thank Montreal, congratulate the Pens and thank their fans watching at home. How different.
They take John Moore.
9:57 - TRADE: The Ducks trade the pick they got from Philly (21st) for picks 26 and 37.
The announcers rib McGuire for his Zach Parise ranting insanity.
The Devils select Jacob Josefson.
9:51 - TRADE: Calgary trades pick 20 to New Jersey for 23 and 84.
9:49 - At this point we'd like to remind you to Photoshop this man:
The Rangers take a moment to remember Cherepanov.
They take Chris Kreider.
Pierre McGuire sounds drunk.
Bob McKenzie: "Kreider is a physical specimen."
Pierre McGuire: "Oh is he ever!"
9:42 - TSN shows an Alexei Cherepanov clip before the Rangers make their pick.
The crowd is pretty excited.
Say what you want about the Habs and their fans, but there aren't many cities that would give an 18th overall pick an ovation like this.
They take Louis LeBlanc.
The crowd is very excited.
The crowd is very excited.
They waited hours for this... for some reason.
Four riots broke out.
9:28 - The Montreal fans are already excited about their pick, which is coming up next.
The Wild take Nick Leddy.
9:17 - We're halfway there folks.
We can do this. WE CAN DO THIS!
The Anaheim Ducks take Peter Holland.
It's a bit of a jump for him to go 15th.
The Panthers take Dmitri Kulikov with the 14th pick.
The Sabres take Zack Kassian.
9:02 - We've only made 12 picks so far....
The Islanders take Calvin DeHaan.
That was a little strange.
8:52 - TRADE: Minnesota trades the 12the pick to NYI for picks 16, 77 and 182.
8:47 - Chuck Fletcher is on the phone for Minnesota. It's a wonder that Pierre McGuire, with all of his infinite hockey knowledge and incredible ability to find talent, isn't the Wild GM right now.
The Predators select Ryan Ellis.
Kevin Lowe throws out seven offer sheets on his way to the stage.
The Oilers take Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson.
Good luck fitting that on a jersey.
Charlie is lurking by the stage as the Senators come to the podium to make their pick.
They take Jared Cowen.
Pierre McGuire throws out a "big body presence."
The Dallas Stars are up. They take Scott Glennie.
8:15 - Brian Burke says he could have traded for the first or second pick, but it would have required Luke Schenn which he wasn't willing to do.
8:12 - The Sens wanted Kadri. The Habs fans are not treating the Leafs very well.
The Leafs do not get a good reception from the Montreal fans.
They take Nazem Kadri.
8:07 - Six players were chosen in one hour... At this rate the first round will last five hours.
The Phoenix Coyotes trade themselves to Hamilton select Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
7:59 - TRADE: The Blue Jackets and the Islanders have swapped picks. The Blue Jackets send their first and third round picks to Long Island for the first, second, third and fourth.
The Kings are up. They mention Luc Robitaille. Cheap pop.
They select Brayden Schenn.
Brian Burke is not happy. How dare the Kings attempt to improve their team!?
7:50 - It's always kind of creepy to have the announcers discuss the bodies of these 18-year-olds.
The Atlanta Thrashers are up and they select: Evander Kane.
7:42 - The Pronger trade is Chris Pronger and Ryan Dingle to Philadelphia for Luca Sbisa, Joffery Lupul, two first round picks and a conditional third round pick.
7:41 - Duchene is a huge Avalanche fan. He's very happy to be an Av.
The Avs are up.
7:37 - They take Matt Duchene
Tampa Bay thanks Montreal and congratulates the Pens.
They take Victor Hedman.
7:25 - Luca Sbisa, Joffery Lupul and 2 first round picks to Anaheim for Pronger.
7:22 - Tavares doesn't shake Hedman and Duchene's hands after being selected. He celebrates with his family. Kris Draper wouldn't approve. Classless.
7:19 - Pierre McGuire goes absolutely nuts at the selection. That man is begging to be Photoshopped.
With the first selection the Islanders choose: John Tavares
7:13 - Gary Bettman on stage. "BOOOO!" He butchers the French language.
7:07 - The Leafs/Bruins trade is reportedly dead.
7:04 - TRADE: Chris Pronger to the Flyers according to TSN.
7:03 - Ryan Clowe may have gone to the Leafs... The rumor is that he was traded somewhere.
6:59 - TSN: "Lots of young men on pins and needles right now." No wonder Charlie is there.
6:53 - Darren Dreger is hyping "a beauty to kick start the draft." Alludes to Pronger and Philly.
6:47 - Toronto and San Jose are talking. San Jose is also talking to Chicago. Nothing yet.
6:37 - Pierre McGuire makes his first appearance tonight, yelling about Tavares and talking about the size of the prospects' bodies.
6:36 - If the Senators can't trade Heatley before July 1st they have to pay a $4 million bonus and they won't trade him if they have to.
6:33 - With Neidermayer returning it increases the chance that Pronger will be dealt. Philadelphia is a rumored destination.
6:30 - It looks like Scott Neidermayer will be back next season.
6:30 - Tampa Bay GM Brian Lawton tells TSN that he is not close to dealing the number two pick or Vincent Lecavalier.
What happened earlier today:
The NHL salary cap is going up $100,000 to $56.8 million.
The Red Wings will not extend their current lease on Joe Louis Arena.
Did a Wings fan hear this news and try to end his life?
Or did he just get drunk and fall off of a rooftop patio?
Garth Snow isn't telling anyone who the Islanders are going to pick first overall.
However, the rumors are heating up that they may take Matt Duchene.
The Bruins and Leafs are reportedly working on something.
Could it be Kessel for Kaberle?
You have to think that if the Islanders don't take Tavares, the Leafs will be working hard to get the second or third pick.
Quote of the day:
Our line of the day? We e-mailed Penguins GM Ray Shero and asked him if anything was up with his team. His response: "Yeah, we won the Cup."