The Tampa Bay Lightning have selected center Matt Duchene of the Brampton Battalion with the second overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced. The pick marked the first time in franchise history Tampa Bay made a second overall selection.
"This is a great day for the Lightning and our fans as we have added the strongest two-way player available in this year's draft," said Lawton. "Matt plays well at both ends of the ice and his game and personal development have been on an upward curve all year long. We welcome Matt Duchene to the Tampa Bay Lightning."
Duchene, 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, was ranked second among North American skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Service. He accumulated 31 goals and 79 points in 57 games with Brampton this past season. He ranked third on the Battalion in points and goals while ranking tied for the team lead with 12 power play goals. Duchene broke through in the playoffs, helping Brampton to the OHL Finals. He recorded 14 goals and 26 points in 21 games during the post season. Duchene led the league during the playoffs with six game-winning goals, was tied for the lead with six power play goals and was sixth overall with 26 points. He was also voted the Best Playmaker and Best Stickhandler in the OHL Eastern Conference Coaches Poll.
A native of Haliburton, Ontario, Duchene has amassed 61 goals and 129 points in 121 games during his two-year OHL career with Brampton. He also played in 26 playoff games, recording 15 goals and 28 points. He was named to the 2009 OHL All-Star Classic and the 2009 CHL Top Prospects Game.
Universally regarded as the most complete player in the draft, Duchene won a Gold Medal as captain of Team Canada at the Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Tournament and also won gold at the 2008 World U-18 Championships, recording five goals and eight points in seven games during the tournament.
The Lightning were awarded the second overall selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the NHL Draft Lottery on April 14, 2009. At the lottery the New York Islanders won the first overall pick while the Colorado Avalanche were assigned the third overall pick.
Duchene is the first player in Tampa Bay franchise history to be chosen second overall. The Lightning have chosen first overall three times (Stamkos 2008, Lecavalier 1998, Hamrlik 1992) and third overall twice (Svitov 2001, C. Gratton 1993).
Matt Duchene's Career Statistics
| || || ||Regular Season || |
|Playoffs || || |
|Season ||Team ||League ||GP ||G ||A ||TP ||+/- ||PIM ||GP ||G ||A ||TP ||PIM |
|2007-08 ||Brampton ||OHL ||64 ||30 ||20 ||50 ||- ||22 ||5 ||1 ||1 ||2 ||10 |
| ||Canada ||WJC U-18 ||7 ||5 ||3 ||8 ||- ||6 ||- ||- ||- ||- ||- |
|2008-09 ||Brampton ||OHL ||57 ||31 ||48 ||79 ||- ||42 ||21 ||14 ||12 ||26 ||21 |