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BRAD HOLLAND'S MOCK DRAFT

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1 John Tavares, C, London Knights (OHL)
SKINNY: Crown jewel of the 2009 Entry Draft makes for a giant leap forward in Isles' rebuilding.

2 Victor Hedman, D, Modo Hockey (Sweden)
SKINNY: The Avalanche get the franchise defender they need to complement young forward core.

3 Evander Kane, C, Vancouver (WHL)
SKINNY: Super-scorer doesn't give up anything on defensive side of the puck; franchise winger?

4 Matt Duchene, C, Brampton (OHL)
SKINNY: Scary-talented Duchene could be second only to Tavares in innate hockey sense.

5 Simon Despres, D, Saint John (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Rising Coyotes get another top-end talent. Only question: where will they put them all?

6 Jared Cowen, D, Spokane (WHL)
SKINNY: One of 2009's most complete prospects joins one of NHL's most exciting young teams.

7 Nazem Kadri, C, London (OHL)
SKINNY: Senators go to their backyard for top-six forward that knows how to score.

8 Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, RW/LW, Timra (Sweden)
SKINNY: Spectacular speed and nose for net makes the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Swede tough to handle.

9 Brayden Schenn, C, Brandon (WHL)
SKINNY: Younger Schenn more of a game-breaker than big brother, Luke, even if not as NHL-ready.

10 Scott Glennie, C, Brandon (WHL)
SKINNY: Offensively gifted Glennie a natural fit with the rest of the young, skilled Blues.

11 Jordan Schroeder, C, Minnesota (WCHA)
SKINNY: Wild couldn't be happier to get the hometown kid and Team USA World Junior star.

12 Peter Holland, C, Guelph (OHL)
SKINNY: Preds take solid two-way center to play behind future franchise pivot Colin Wilson, last year's first pick.

13 Jacob Josefson, C, Djurgarden (Sweden)
SKINNY: The League's best at developing talent, the Sabres add a future Selke candidate.

14 Landon Ferraro, C, Red Deer (WHL)
SKINNY: NHL legacy, high-end natural ability makes Ferraro a perfect fit for the Oilers.

15 Carter Ashton, RW, Lethbridge (WHL)
SKINNY: First draft pick of post-Brian Burke era fits the old mold -- big, talented, and tough.

16 David Rundblad, D, Skelleftea (Sweden)
SKINNY: Rundblad's high-risk/high-reward type of game just what the Panthers are looking for.

17 Jordan Caron, C, Rimouski (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Big, two-way center likely grew up idolizing Canadiens; now he gets a chance to be one.

18 Jeremy Morin, LW (USNTDP)
SKINNY: Explosive offensive player would fit in well with a developing Blue Jackets top-six.

19 Ryan Ellis, D, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: Ellis joins Michael Del Zotto (2008) and Bobby Sanguinetti (2006) as blue line future.

20 Dmitry Kulikov, D, Drummondville (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Offensive attack gets a boost from scary-talented, offense-first D-man.

21 John Moore, D, Chicago (USHL)
SKINNY: Missing out on Ellis means Moore, who isn't as dynamic but may be more complete.

22 Zach Budish, RW, Edina High (HS-Minn.)
SKINNY: Season-ending injury for Budish means Canes may have superstar sleeper on their hands.

23 Dylan Olsen, D, Camrose (AJHL)
SKINNY: Hawks' future so bright, they'll have to wear shades.

24 Zack Kassian, RW, Peterborough (OHL)
SKINNY: Two-way forward a good fit for hard-hitting, hard-working mentality in Calgary.

25 Louis Leblanc, C, Omaha (USHL)
SKINNY: Stacked top-six in Philly means big-boy Leblanc gets time to develop in NCAA.

26 Philippe Paradis, C, Shawinigan (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Two-way play the perfect complement to Caps' high-octane attack.

27 Nick Leddy, D, Eden Prairie (HS-Minn.)
SKINNY: Perennial success in New Jersey means Minnesota's "Mr. Hockey" will be given time to develop.

28 Stefan Elliot, D, Saskatoon (WHL)
SKINNY: Silky-smooth blueliner has 20-goal potential written all over him.

29 Chris Kreider, C, Phillips-Andover Academy (HS-Mass.)
SKINNY: Big, rangy center just what the Wings need; he'll get extra seasoning in the NCAA.

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N.Y. Islanders (from SJS/OTT)
Kyle Palmieri, C (USNTDP)
SKINNY: Now with Tavares, Islanders' organizational prospects among the games' best; only get more impressive with Palmieri in the fold.