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Victor Hedman, John Tavares, and Matt Duchene
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The top three 2009 picks: Tavares, center; Hedman, left; and Duchene.
… in the 2009 draft, the Islanders picked the guy many thought they would: John Tavares. Victor Hedman and Matt Duchene went second and third, respectively. Story | First-round picks | Analysis Insider

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1. John Tavares 6-0 195 F London (OHL)
A pure offensive talent, Tavares is the one player in this draft who can sell tickets, which must be a consideration for the New York Islanders.
2. Victor Hedman 6-6 227 D Modo (Sweden)
Some wonder about the towering Swede's ability to be a power-play point man and an offensively creative player, but he's clearly the most talented defenseman in the draft.
3. Matt Duchene 5-11 200 F Brampton (OHL)
Matt Duchene's skating separates him from the other forwards in this draft. He's a dynamic player at both ends of the ice.
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Vital Information

When and where: June 26-27 in Montreal
From the archives: Previous No. 1 picks | History
Prospect rankings: Overall | N. American | Euro
Round-by-round: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

First-Round Picks

1. N.Y. Islanders John Tavares
2. Tampa Bay Victor Hedman
3. Colorado Matt Duchene
4. Atlanta Evander Kane
5. Los Angeles Brayden Schenn
6. Phoenix Oliver Ekman Larsson
7. Toronto Nazem Kadri
8. Dallas Scott Glennie
9. Ottawa Jared Cowen
10. Edmonton M. Paajarvi-Svensson
11. Nashville Ryan Ellis
12. N.Y. Islanders (from MIN) Calvin de Haan
13. Buffalo Zack Kassian
14. Florida Dmitry Kulikov
15. Anaheim Peter Holland
16. Minnesota (from NYI) Nick Leddy
17. St. Louis David Rundblad
18. Montreal Louis Leblanc
19. N.Y. Rangers Chris Kreider
20. New Jersey (from CGY) Jacob Josefson
21. Columbus (from ANA) John Moore
22. Vancouver Jordan Schroeder
23. Calgary (from NJ) Tim Erixon
24. Washington Marcus Johansson
25. Boston Jordan Caron
26. Anaheim (from CLS) Kyle Palmieri
27. Carolina Philippe Paradis
28. Chicago Dylan Olsen
29. Tampa Bay (from DET) Carter Ashton
30. Pittsburgh Simon Despres

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