I've always felt Hedman should be the No. 1 pick. The reason we flip-flopped Duchene and Tavares [Redline ranks Tavares #3 for the upcoming draft] is due to the fact Tavares' effort level has been underwhelming through the first two rounds of the playoffs. Tavares may score 40 or 50 goals a season, but he's one-dimensional. If he's not scoring, he's not helping.
Right now, he's the third-best draft-eligible forward on his own team behind Nazem Kadri and Phil Varone. Tavares (9-10-19) and Varone (10-8-18) have about the same number of points, but Varone is plus-16, and Tavares is even. London has a great power play, and Tavares is getting all his points on the power play. Five-on-five, Tavares has been nothing short of a liability. His attitude of entitlement stinks.