BY: Ken McKenna

Each NHL Draft has a storyline. In 2008, it was the "Year of the Defenseman," with four selected in the first five picks. In 2007, it was the first time Americans were the first two picks. With so many players being selected, a theme emerges from each draft class.

The 2009 NHL Draft, which begins Friday in Montreal, will be no different. The trend will involve 1991-born players from Sweden, who are a special group. As many as 15 Swedes could be among the top 100 selections, rivaling the hauls from Canada's major junior leagues, the OHL, QMJHL and WHL.