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Islanders draft Tavares No. 1 overall

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MONTREAL (AP) -The New York Islanders have selected London Knights center John Tavares with the No. 1 pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft.

The Islanders chose Tavares, a high-scoring junior star, with the first overall pick ahead of 6-foot-6, 220-pound Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman, the top-ranked European prospect.

Tavares, a 6-foot, 185-pound native of Oakville, Ont., led the Ontario Hockey League with 58 goals this season and broke Peter Lee's 33-year-old league record of 213 career goals.

Islanders GM Garth Snow kept the team's draft intentions a closely guarded secret until Tavares' name was announced at the Bell Centre.

The Tampa Bay Lightning had the second overall pick, followed by the Colorado Avalanche.

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