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Who was the best player drafted in 2009?

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This is totally not a trick question.

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I found an interesting visualization of draft data, and I thought it would be fun to share it with you.

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Oh, well look at that. Note also Nazem Kadri. If you go to the interactive version linked above, you can hover over the blue circle right above the 50 and see something less fun.

Interesting to consider that the number two and number three players by value have both been traded (and by the same team, too, oops). Also, for a defenceman, Victor Hedman is stunning.

You want another one?

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Oh, yeah, he’s getting paid, and there won’t be any bridge deal.

Now, here’s one more, just to point out that draft results don’t always conform to this general shape:

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The top two have been traded this time. Oops again and again.