Toronto Maple Leafs: The Great 2009 NHL Entry Re-Draft

MONTREAL - JUNE 26: Nazem Kadri poses with members of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization after being drafted during the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
MONTREAL - JUNE 26: Nazem Kadri poses with members of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization after being drafted during the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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11. Nashville Predators

Actual: Ryan Ellis

Re-Draft: Brayden Schenn

12. New York Islanders

Actual: Calvin de Haan

Re-Draft: Ryan Ellis

13. Buffalo Sabres

Actual: Zack Kassian

Re-Draft: Tyson Barrie

14. Florida Panthers

Actual: Dmitri Kulkov

Re-Draft: Mike Hoffman

15. Anaheim Ducks

Actual: Peter Holland

Re-Draft: Marcus Johansson

16. Minnesota Wild

Actual: Nick Leddy

Re-Draft: Craig Smith

17. St. Louis Blues

Actual: David Rundblad

Re-Draft: Sami Vatanen

18. Montreal Canadiens 

Actual: Louis Leblanc

Re-Draft: Robin Lehner

19. New York Rangers

Actual: Chris Kreider

Re-Draft: Tomas Tatar

20. New Jersey Devils

Actual: Jacob Josefson

Re-Draft: Reilly Smith

21. Columbus Blue Jackets

Actual: John Moore

Re-Draft: Cody Eakin

22. Vancouver Canucks

Actual: Jordan Schroeder

Re-Draft: Kyle Clifford

23. Calgary Flames

Actual: Tim Erixon

Re-Draft: Dmitri Kulikov

24. Washington Capitals

Actual: Marcus Johansson

Re-Draft: Kyle Palmieri

25. Boston Bruins

Actual: Jordan Caron

Re-Draft: Mattias Ekholm

26. Anaheim Ducks

Actual: Kyle Palmieri

Re-Draft: Zack Kassian

27. Carolina Hurricanes

Actual: Philippe Paradis

Re-Draft: Calvin de Haan

28. Chicago Blackhawks

Actual: Dylan Olsen

Re-Draft: Brayden McNabb

29. Tampa Bay Lightning

Actual: Carter Ashton

Re-Draft: Darcy Kuemper

30. Pittsburgh Penguins 

Actual: Simon Despres

Red-Draft: Jakob Silfverberg

If you look at the 2009 NHL Entry Re-Draft, it’s crazy to think what could have been.

The Tampa Bay Lightning would have ended up with John Tavares, which meant maybe he never would have came to Toronto? It’s possible that Tavares, alongside Steven Stamkos would have helped the Lightning win a Stanley Cup so he never would have wanted to come home.

Current Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tyson Barrie would have ended up in Buffalo, while Nazem Kadri’s fate would still have been the same by starting his career in Toronto.

Teams like Dallas, Edmonton and Ottawa all would have been better off with a re-draft because they would have been able to fix the huge mistakes they made back in 2009.

Regardless, old drafts make us remember the good and bad times about that current state as a Toronto Maple Leafs fan and we’re all thankful the Leafs don’t have to worry about drafting high anytime soon.