Rounds 25-30

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Number 25 Overall

(Boston Bruins 2009 Selection)

2008 - Greg Nemisz C (Calgary) No NHL Experience

2007 - Patrick White C (Vancouver) No NHL Experience

2006 - Patrik Berglund C (St. Louis) 76 Games, 21G, 26A, 47P

2005 - Andrew Cogliano C (Edmonton) 164 Games, 36G, 47A, 83P

2004 - Rob Schremp C (Edmonton) 7 Games, 0G, 3A, 3P

2003 - Anthony Stewart RW (Florida) 105 Games, 4G, 8A, 12P

2002 - Cam Ward G (Carolina) 225 Games

2001 - Alexander Perezhogin RW (Montreal) 128 Games, 15G, 19A, 34P

2000 - Steve Ott C (Dallas) 337 Games, 40G, 73A, 113P

1999 - Mikhail Kuleshov LW (Colorado) 3 Games, 0G, 0A, 0P

Best Pick at Number 25: Stanley Cup ring. Check. Conn Smythe Award. Check. Short list for the Olympic team. Check. At the age of 25, Cam Ward has already accomplished a lot more than most goalies do in a career in the NHL. He led the Carolina Hurricanes to a Stanley Cup victory in 2006 and has not shown any signs of slowing down whatsoever. He has posted a winning record each year he has been in the league and his 2008-09 campaign may have been his best to date. He posted a 39-23-5 record to go along with a 2.44 goals against average while leading the Canes to a sixth place Eastern Conference finish as well as a first round playoff upset of the New Jersey Devils. Ward may currently be the second best Canadian goalie behind only Roberto Luongo.

Biggest Bust: Yet another disappointing pick from the 1999 first round. Mikhail Kuleshov, a project coming out of Russia, was an undersized winger at 5'10. He spent four years in the AHL as a member of the Hershey Bears before he finally got a shot at the NHL with the Avalanche during the 2003-04 season, though that shot was short lived as he only appeared in three games while scoring zero points. Kuleshov returned to Russia the following year and played two more seasons before retiring from the game of hockey after the 2004-05 season.

Rising Star: After spending two full years playing for Vasteras in the Swedish Elite League as a point per game scorer, Patrik Berglund made his NHL debut for the Blues during the 2008-09 season. The big centre played in 76 games and recorded 47 points for St. Louis. At only 20 years of age, he still has a lot of time to develop and he should continue to evolve in the NHL as he learns the North American game. Look for him to have a solid NHL career while a member of the young and up-and-coming St. Louis Blues.

Pick Trends: A centre has been selected 25th overall the past five years.

No defense man has been selected 25th overall in the past 10 years.

A Canadian club has selected 25th overall four of the past five years.

Number 26 Overall

(New York Islanders 2009 Selection; from San Jose through Ottawa)

2008 - Tyler Ennis C (Buffalo) No NHL Experience

2007 - David Perron C (St. Louis) 143 Games, 28G, 49A, 77P

2006 - Leland Irving G (Calgary) No NHL Experience

2005 - Matt Pelech D (Calgary) 5 Games, 0G, 3A, 3P

2004 - Cory Schneider G (Vancouver) 8 Games

2003 - Brian Boyle C (Los Angeles) 36 Games, 8G, 2A, 10P

2002 - Martin Vagner D (Dallas) No NHL Experience

2001 - Jason Bacashihua G (Dallas) 38 Games

2000 - Brian Sutherby C (Washington) 363 Games, 34G, 43A, 77P

1999 - Martin Havlat RW (Ottawa) 470 Games, 169G, 227A, 396P

Best Pick at Number 26: Martin Havlat represents one of the few bright spots from the first round of the 1999 draft. His career has often been interrupted by injuries but over time he has become a borderline star in the league. From 2000-2004 he established himself as a member of the Ottawa Senators and made a big impact with the club in 2006 in two rounds of the playoffs, scoring 13 points in 10 games. He translated that success to a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks and in the 2008-09 season he had his best season as a pro, scoring 77 points to go with a career high 48 assists. Havlat is a leader on a young Blackhawks squad that earned its first playoff series victory since 1997.

Biggest Bust: Martin Vagner's resume is yet another first round bust who is hard to argue with. He never signed a contract with Dallas after they drafted him, so he was drafted again in 2004, but this time as a ninth round selection of the Carolina Hurricanes. Since originally being draft seven years ago, he has yet to make it to an NHL game. After completed his career in the QMJHL in 2005, the Czech native did not attempt to play professional hockey in North America. He instead returned home to play in the Czech league, where he played for three seasons while registering a grand total of four points. He did not play professional hockey during the 2008-09 season.

Rising Star: David Perron proved to be an exception to the rule, as he is one of few late first round selections to play an extended amount of NHL hockey in his first year. Since being selected by the Blues, Perron has played in 143 games over the last two years and in 2008-09 he showed continued improvement, posting 15 goals and 35 assists for the upstart Blues. Perron is yet another young weapon in the deep St. Louis arsenal and he will likely be a key piece to their puzzle as they build on their success over the next few years.

Pick Trends: Three goalies have been selected 26th overall, more than any other spot in the first round in the last 10 years.

Only two European players have been selected 26th overall in the past 10 years.

Number 27 Overall

(Carolina Hurricanes 2009 Selection)

2008 - John Carlson D (Washington) No NHL Experience

2007 - Brendan Smith D (Detroit) No NHL Experience

2006 - Ivan Vishnevskiy D (Dallas) 3 Games 0G, 2A, 2P

2005 - Joe Finley D (Washington) No NHL Experience

2004 - Jeff Schultz D (Washington) 174 Games, 6G, 27A, 33P

2003 - Jeff Tambellini LW (Los Angeles) 144 Games, 11G, 21A, 32P

2002 - Mike Morris F (San Jose) No NHL Experience

2001 - Jeff Woywitka D (Philadelphia) 152 Games, 6G, 29A, 35P

2000 - Martin Samuelsson RW (Boston) 14 Games, 0G, 1A, 1P

1999 - Ari Ahonen G (New Jersey) No NHL Experience

Best Pick at Number: A very weak number, but that can be expected this late in the draft where players are often projects rather than a sure thing. Jeff Tambellini wins by default, as he has scored only 35 career points in 144 NHL games. For some reason, Tambellini has established himself as a recognizable name in the league, though he has actually done nothing to deserve such a distinction. The 2008-09 season proved to be his best in the NHL, though not as a member of the Los Angeles Kings, his original team, but instead he played on Long Island for the Islanders. He appeared in a career high 65 games for the Isles which translated to career highs in goals (7), assists (8) and points (15). Tambellini, if he stays healthy, can contribute as a checking line winger in the NHL.

Biggest Bust: A lot of options here, as not many players have gone on to any sort of significant career. Mike Morris is the choice since he has not appeared in a NHL game in his eight years since being drafted and it is easier for a position player to make it to the NHL than a goalie (Ari Ahonen, 1999). Morris, only 25, was drafted out of high school in Maine. He then went on to play four years at Northeastern University in the NCAA before spending the past two years playing for the Sharks affiliate in the AHL. Injuries and inconsistencies have limited to only 26 games over the last two years and it appears as if Morris will not get a shot at the NHL.

Rising Star: John Carlson, the big defense man from Maine, looks as though he will be ready to make the jump to the NHL next year. He has all the makings of an offensive defense man and his 60 assists to go along with 16 goals as a member of the London Knights this year are a strong indication of that. Look for Carlson to help out on the Capitals power play in the future and eventually develop into a solid second line D, at the worst.

Pick Trends: A defenceman has been selected 27th overall in the past five drafts.

No centre has been selected 27th overall in the past 10 years.

No player selected 27th overall has scored more than 35 career NHL points

Number 28 Overall

(Chicago Blackhawks 2009 Selection)

2008 - Viktor Tikhonov RW (Phoenix) 61 Games, 8G, 8A, 16P

2007 - Nick Petrecki D (San Jose) No NHL Experience

2006 - Nick Foligno LW (Ottawa) 126 Games, 23G, 18A, 41P

2005 - Matt Niskanen D (Dallas) 158 Games, 13G, 48A, 61P

2004 - Mark Fistric D (Dallas) 73 Games, 0G, 6A, 6P

2003 - Corey Perry RW (Anaheim) 286 Games, 91G, 104A, 195P

2002 - Jonas Johansson RW (Colorado) 1 Game, 0G, 0A, 0P

2001 - Adrian Foster C (New Jersey) No NHL Experience

2000 - Justin Williams RW (Philadelphia) 503 Games, 125G, 195A, 320P

1999 - Kristian Kudroc D (NYI) 26 Games, 2G, 2A, 4P

Best Pick at Number 28: Corey Perry, RW, 2003. A final gem from the 2003 draft, Corey Perry was very much a steal at this spot for former Ducks General Manager Brian Burke. Perry, like Ryan Getzlaf, is a key piece to the youth movement in Anaheim and he helped the team bring home the Stanley Cup in 2007. Also like Getzlad, Perry continues to get better as he matures in the league. The 2008-09 season marked the best season for him to date, as he registered 32 goals, 40 assists and 72 points - all career highs. Though the Ducks finished a disappointing eighth in the Western conference this year, they did shock the NHL with a first round series win over the San Jose Sharks, which Perry was a big part of as he scored six points in the series.

Biggest Bust: Two years before Corey Perry went, Adrian Foster went to New Jersey at 28 and that was basically the last time any one in the NHL circles heard from him, as he has never appeared in an NHL game. Foster spend six years in the AHL system, with his best season coming during the 2007-08 campaign where he scored 38 points. But, that success did not translate to a shot in the NHL, instead the Alberta native took his game overseas, where he played for Salzburg in the Austrian league during the 2008-09 season where he recorded a career high 43 points.

Rising Star: Viktor Tikhonov was the only player taken in the bottom third of the 2008 Entry Draft to appear in the NHL this past season. And he did not just come up for a cup of coffee, instead he played in 61 games for the Coyotes, the sixth most of any draft selection from 2008. He proved to be a bright spot for the struggling Phoenix franchise, scoring eight goals to go along with eight assists. With the amount of talented youth that the Coyotes have collected, it should prove to be beneficial for Tikhonov's career and the best is yet to come for him.

Pick Trends: Only one centre has been selected 28th overall in the past 10 years.

Only three players selected 28th overall have scored 50 or more career NHL points.

Number 29 Overall

(Detroit Red Wings 2009 Selection)

2008 - Daultan Leveille C (Atlanta) No NHL Experience

2007 - Jim O'Brien C (Ottawa) No NHL Experience

2006 - Chris Summers D (Phoenix) No NHL Experience

2005 - Steve Downie RW (Philadelphia) 61 Games, 9G, 9A, 18P

2004 - Mike Green D (Washington) 242 Games, 52G, 92A, 144P

2003 - Patrick Eaves RW (Ottawa) 242 Games, 45G, 45A, 90P

2002 - Hannu Toivonen G (Boston) 61 Games

2001 - Adam Munro G (Chicago) 17 Games

2000 - Niklas Kronwall D (Detroit) 260 Games, 16G, 106A, 122P

1999 - No First Round Position

Best Pick at 29: Maybe it is the fact that he is fresh in the minds of many fans, but when looking at the statistics of all the picks from 29 overall, Mike Green has clearly shown he is the best of the bunch. Though he just finished his second full season in the NHL with the Capitals, Green exploded onto the NHL landscape during the 2008-09 season by scoring 31 goals as a blue line...in only 68 games. Add that to his 42 assists and it adds up to one of the better seasons in recent memory by any defense man. Green's strong play during the past season helped lead the Caps to their biggest point total in franchise history and a second place finish in the Eastern Conference. Look for Green to be on the short list to represent Canada at the 2010 games in Vancouver.

Biggest Bust: A final first round goalie bust to show all the GMs out there that the risk in a net minder is far greater than the reward when taking one in the first round. Adam Munro, an Erie Otters alum, had two cracks at the NHL since he was drafted in 2001. Chicago called him up twice, in 2003-04 and 2005-06, for a total of 17 starts between the two stints. But those performances did not justify keeping him at the big club level as he could not get his goals against average below 3.00. After spending the 2006-07 season playing in the Swiss Elite League, he returned to the AHL where he has spent the last two years backing up Justin Pogge as a member of the Toronto Marlies.

Rising Star: Jim O'Brien has bounced around different organizations in the past four years - four to be exact - in the US development program, the NCAA, AHL and most recently the WHL, but all of this has not slowed down the Minnesota native's development. The centre scored 62 points in 63 games as a member of the Seattle Thunderbirds during the 2008-09 season leading the club the a first round playoff appearance. O'Brien could challenge for a roster spot in Ottawa in 2009-10 depending on what sort of player decisions management decides to make.

Pick Trends: There was not a 29th overall selection in the first round until 2000.

No left wing has been selected 29th overall in the past nine years.

Only two players selected 29th overall have scored 100 or more NHL points, both of them are defencemen.

Number 30 Overall

(Pittsburgh Penguins 2009 Selection)

2008 - Thomas McCollum G (Detroit) No NHL Experience

2007 - Nick Ross D (Phoenix) No NHL Experience

2006 - Matt Corrente D (New Jersey) No Experience

2005 - Vladmir Mihalik D (Tampa Bay) 11 Games, 0G, 3A, 3P

2004 - Andy Rogers D (Tampa Bay) No NHL Experience

2003 - Shawn Belle D (St. Louis) 9 Games, 0G, 1A, 1P

2002 - Jim Slater C (Atlanta) 274 Games, 31G, 39A, 70P

2001 - Dave Steckel C (Los Angeles) 155 Games, 13G, 18A, 31P

2000 - Jeff Taffe C (St. Louis) 153 Games, 20G, 22A, 42P

1999 - No First Round Position

Best Pick at 30: With little surprise, the last pick of the first round has not produced an abundance of talent. Jim Slater wins by default. Slater has put together four solid and consistent NHL seasons as a member of the Atlanta Thrashers. His career high in points in a season came during his rookie campaign when he scored 20 during the 2005-06 campaign but he has consistently put up number close to that mark, most recently scoring 18 points during the 2008-09 season. A solid checking line forward, with his continued work ethic Slater will continue to earn a pay check playing in the NHL.

Biggest Bust: It may be unfair to peg such a late pick as a bust, but Andy Rogers takes it. Not only has he never played in a NHL game in four years since he has been drafted, but he has also struggled with the game at the AHL level due to injuries and inconsistent play. He has never played in more than 48 games in an AHL season. Rogers may be best known for being one of the players traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Olaf Kolzig deal at the 2009 trade deadline - which was basically a salary dump by the Leafs. Rogers appeared in only three games for the Marlies after his acquisition.

Rising Star: No One Currently.

Pick Trends: There was not a 30th overall selection in the first round until 2000.

No forward has been selected 30th overall since 2002.

A winger has not been selected 30th overall in the last nine years.

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