TSN TV Schedule TSN2 TV Schedule
DraftCentre

50 years of the NHL Draft

First Overall Selections

1963-69

1963
Garry Monahan
Montreal Canadiens
1964
Claude Gauthier
Detroit Red Wings
1965
Andre Veilleux
New York Rangers
1966
Barry Gibbs
Boston Bruins
1967
Rick Pagnutti
Los Angeles Kings
1968
Michel Plasse
Montreal Canadiens
1969
Rejean Houle
Montreal Canadiens

1970-79

1970
Gilbert Perreault
Buffalo Sabres
1971
Guy Lafleur
Montreal Canadiens
1972
Billy Harris
New York Islanders
1973
Denis Potvin
New York Islanders
1974
Greg Joly
Washington Capitals
1975
Mel Bridgman
Philadelphia Flyers
1976
Rick Green
Washington Capitals
1977
Dale McCourt
Detroit Red Wings
1978
Bobby Smith
Minnesota North Stars
1979
Rob Ramage
Colorado Rockies

1980-89

1980
Doug Wickenheiser Montreal Canadiens
1981
Dale Hawerchuk
Winnipeg Jets
1982
Gord Kluzak
Boston Bruins
1983
Brian Lawton
Minnesota North Stars
1984
Mario Lemieux
Pittsburgh Penguins
1985
Wendel Clark
Toronto Maple Leafs
1986
Joe Murphy
Detroit Red Wings
1987
Pierre Turgeon
Buffalo Sabres
1988
Mike Modano
Minnesota North Stars
1989
Mats Sundin
Quebec Nordiques

1990-99

1990
Owen Nolan
Quebec Nordiques
1991
Eric Lindros
Quebec Nordiques
1992
Roman Hamrlik
Tampa Bay Lightning
1993
Alexandre Daigle
Ottawa Senators
1994
Ed Jovanovski
Florida Panthers
1995
Bryan Berard
Ottawa Senators
1996
Chris Phillips
Ottawa Senators
1997
Joe Thornton
Boston Bruins
1998
Vincent Lecavalier
Tampa Bay Lightning
1999
Patrik Stefan
Atlanta Thrashers

2000-09

2000
Rick DiPietro
New York Islanders
2001
Ilya Kovalchuk
Atlanta Thrashers
2002
Rick Nash
Columbus Blue Jackets
2003
Marc-Andre Fleury
Pittsburgh Penguins
2004
Alexander Ovechkin
Washington Capitals
2005
Sidney Crosby
Pittsburgh Penguins
2006
Erik Johnson
St. Louis Blues
2007
Patrick Kane
Chicago Blackhawks
2008
Steven Stamkos
Tampa Bay Lightning
2009
John Tavares
New York Islanders

2010-Present

2010
Taylor Hall
Edmonton Oilers
2011
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Edmonton Oilers
2012
Nail Yakupov
Edmonton Oilers

Garry Monahan - C

1963 - Montreal Canadiens
close

1963 NHL Draft

1st pick - Garry Monahan
Montreal Canadiens
GP G A PTS PIM
748 116 169 285 484

Playing Career: 1967-1982
Junior Team: Peterborough Petes
Born: Oct 20, 1946 Barrie, ON
Height: 6'0Weight: 185Shot: Left

Draft Notes: Of the 21 players selected in the 1963 draft only five, including Monahan, would go on to play in the NHL. Peter Mahovlich (2nd pick) was the only player taken to win a Stanley Cup while Jim McKenny (17th pick) was the only player to play in an All-Star Game.

Hall of Famers: None

Steal of the Draft: Gerry Meehan (Toronto, Round 4, 21st overall) was taken with the final pick of the draft. Meehan played 670 games over a serviceable 10-year career.

Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Claude Gauthier - F

1964 - Detroit Red Wings
close

1964 NHL Draft

1st pick - Claude Gauthier
Detroit Red Wings
GP G A PTS PIM
- - - - -

Playing Career: Gauthier never played in the NHL
Junior Team: Rosemont (Quebec Midget)

1964 Draft Notes: Of the 24 players selected in the draft only nine would go on to play in the NHL. Syl Apps, Jr., Jim Dorey, Tim Ecclestone and Mike Pelyk all played over 200 games and enjoyed solid careers while Ken Dryden turned into a star.

Hall of Famers: Ken Dryden (1983)

Steal of the Draft: Dryden (Boston, Round 3, 14th overall) was an amazing third-round catch by the Bruins, who shortsightedly traded him to Montreal the same day. Dryden would go on to play seven full seasons and part of an eighth in the NHL, all with Montreal, winning six Stanley Cups, five Vezina trophies, the 1972 Calder Trophy and the 1971 Conn Smythe.

Andre Veilleux - F

1965 - New York Rangers
close

1965 NHL Draft

1st pick - Andre Veilleux
New York Rangers
GP G A PTS PIM
- - - - -

Playing Career: Veilleux never played in the NHL
Junior Team: Montreal Rangers (Jr. B)

1965 Draft Notes: The minimum age for the draft was raised from 16- to 18-years-old in 1965. Due to the new age restrictions, the talent pool was very weak as many of the players meeting the age requirements had already been sponsored or turned professional. Only 11 picks were made, the fewest ever in an NHL Draft. Of those 11, only two would go on to play in the NHL.

Hall-of-Famers: None

Steal of the draft: Pierre Bouchard (Montreal, Round 1, 5th overall) was the only player in the Draft to play more than 100 career NHL games. He would go on to play parts of 12 seasons and won five Cups with Montreal.

Barry Gibbs - D

1966 - Boston Bruins
close

1966 NHL Draft

1st pick - Barry Gibbs
Boston Bruins
GP G A PTS PIM
796 58 224 282 945

Playing Career: 1967-1980
Junior Team: Estevan (SJHL)
Born: Sep 28, 1948 Lloydminster, SK
Height: 5'11Weight: 195Shot: Right

1966 Draft Notes: The draft took place on April 25 which remains the earliest in history. All 24 eligible picks were made. 14 of the players selected went on to play in the NHL the most from any draft until the format was changed in 1969.

Hall-of-Famers: Brad Park (2nd pick)

Steal of the draft: Don Luce (New York Rangers, Round 3, 14th overall) would become one of the longest-serving and most popular players for the Buffalo Sabres, who acquired him in 1971.

Photos: Steve Babineau/Getty Images

Rick Pagnutti - D

1967 - Los Angeles Kings
close

1967 NHL Draft

1st pick - Rick Pagnutti
Los Angeles Kings
GP G A PTS PIM
- - - - -

Playing Career: Pagnutti never played in the NHL
Junior Team: Garson Native Sons

1967 Draft Notes: The 1967 draft was the first to include expansion teams. The league also increased the eligibility age from 18 to 20 - this would become the standard for the next 11 years. In an odd note, the St. Louis Blues would draft an ineligible player with their first pick and then passed in all subsequent rounds. Only three of the 18 players selected ever played in the NHL.

Hall-of-Famers: None

Steal of the draft: Pierre Bouchard (Montreal, Round 1, 5th overall) was the only player in the Draft to play more than 100 career NHL games. He would go on to play parts of 12 seasons and won five Cups with Montreal.

Photos courtesy of the Rochester Americans

Michel Plasse - G

1968 - Montreal Canadiens
close

1968 NHL Draft

1st pick - Michel Plasse
Montreal Canadiens
GP W L T GAA
299 92 136 54 3.79

Playing Career: 1970-1982
Junior Team: Drummondville Rangers
Born: Jun 1, 1948 - Montreal, QC
Height:5'11Weight: 175

Draft Notes: The 1968 draft was the first to have its selection order based on the reverse order of finish from the previous season. This was also the first draft to feature traded picks, as the Oakland Seals gave up their No. 1 selection in a deal with Montreal.

Hall of Famers: None

Steal of the Draft: Curt Bennett (St. Louis, Round 2, 16th overall) would play parts of 10 NHL seasons and played in two All-Star games for the Atlanta Flames.

Photos: Rogers Photo Archive/Getty Images (front), Bruce Bennett/Getty Images (back)

Rejean Houle - F

1969 - Montreal Canadiens
close

1969 NHL Draft

1st pick - Rejean Houle
Montreal Canadiens
GP G A PTS PIM
635 161 247 408 395

Playing Career: 1969-1983
Junior Team: Montreal Junior Canadiens
Born: Oct 25, 1949 Rouyn-Noranda, QC
Height:5'11Weight: 165

Draft Notes: This was the first NHL draft after the end of direct sponsorship of junior hockey. It formed the template for the NHL Draft for years to come.

Hall of Famers: Bobby Clarke (17th)

Steal of the Draft: Butch Goring (Los Angeles, Round 5, 51st overall) spent parts of 11 seasons with the Kings before a trade to the Islanders kick-started their dynasty in 1980. Conn Smythe winner in 1981.

Photos: Steve Babineau/Getty Images

Gilbert Perreault - F

1970 - Buffalo Sabres
close

1970 NHL Draft

1st pick - Gilbert Perreault
Buffalo Sabres
GP G A PTS PIM
1191 512 814 1326 500

Playing Career: 1971-1987
Junior Team: Montreal Junior Canadiens
Born: Nov 13, 1950 Victoriaville, QC
Height:6'1Weight: 180

Draft Notes: Since Buffalo and Vancouver were both expansion teams heading into the draft, the first overall selection was determined by spinning a wheel split between the two teams.

Hall of Famers: Perreault, Darryl Sittler (8th), Billy Smith (59th)

Steal of the Draft: Billy Smith (Los Angeles, Round 5, 59th overall) would win four Cups with the Islanders – who took him in the 1972 expansion draft - and be elected to the Hall of Fame after 18 NHL seasons.

Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images (front), Melchior DiGiacomo/Getty Images (back)

Guy Lafleur - F

1971 - Montreal Canadiens
close

1971 NHL Draft

1st pick - Guy Lafleur
Montreal Canadiens
GP G A PTS PIM
1127 560 793 1353 399

Playing Career: 1971-1991
Junior Team: Quebec Remparts
Born: Sep 20, 1951 Thurso, QC
Height:6'0Weight: 185

Draft Notes: Montreal acquired the first overall pick a year prior from California anticipating the elite talent available in the 1971 draft. The team would ensure California got the first-overall pick by trading Ralph Backstrom to the Kings and helping them pass the Seals in the standings.

Hall of Famers: Lafleur, Marcel Dionne (2nd), Larry Robinson (20th)

Steal of the Draft: Larry Robinson (Montreal, Round 2, 20th overall) doesn't seem like such a steal by modern second-round standards, but was the Canadiens fourth selection in the draft.

Photos: Steve Babineau/NHL/Getty Images

Billy Harris - F

1972 - New York Islanders
close

1972 NHL Draft

1st pick - Billy Harris
New York Islanders
GP G A PTS PIM
897 231 327 558 394

Playing Career: 1972-1984
Junior Team: Toronto Marlboros
Born: Jan. 29, 1952 Toronto, ON
Height:6'0Weight: 197

Draft Notes: The New York Islanders won the first overall pick over their expansion cousins, the Atlanta Flames, on a coin toss.

Hall of Famers: Steve Shutt (4th), Bill Barber (7th)

Steal of the Draft: Peter McNab (Buffalo, Round 6, 85th overall) would post six consecutive 35-plus goal seasons with the Bruins in the 1970s and was outscored by only Barber and Shutt in his draft class.

Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Denis Potvin - D

1973 - New York Islanders
close

1973 NHL Draft

1st pick - Denis Potvin
New York Islanders
GP G A PTS PIM
1060 310 742 1052 1356

Playing Career: 1973-1988
Junior Team: Ottawa 67s
Born: Oct 29, 1953 Hull, QC
Height:6'0Weight: 205

Draft Notes: The 1973 draft was the first to allow teams to sign their picks immediately after drafting them in an effort to prevent young talent from being lured to the World Hockey Association.

Hall of Famers: Potvin, Lanny McDonald (4th), Bob Gainey (8th)

Steal of the Draft: Dave Lewis (New York Islanders, Round 3, 33rd) was a serviceable 1,000-game man in the NHL. Good value for a third-rounder in a draft devoid of elite talent outside the first round.

Photos: Tony Triolo/SI/Getty Images (front), Bruce Bennett/Getty Images (back)

Greg Joly - D

1974 - Washington Capitals
close

1974 NHL Draft

1st pick - Greg Joly
Washington Capitals
GP G A PTS PIM
365 21 76 97 250

Playing Career: 1974-1983
Junior Team: Regina Pats
Born: May 30, 1954 Rocky Mountain House, AB
Height:6'0Weight: 190

Draft Notes: This draft was held via conference call in efforts to prevent tampering from the newly-formed World Hockey Association. Sabres GM Punch Imlach invented a player to take in the 11th round, selecting fictional Japanese forward Taro Tsujimoto.

Hall of Famers: Clark Gillies (4th), Bryan Trottier (22nd), Mark Howe (25th)

Steal of the Draft: Charlie Simmer (California, Round 3, 39th overall) would make brief stops with the Golden Seals and Cleveland Barons before playing on the Kings' "Triple Crown Line".

Photos courtesy of the Washington Capitals

Mel Bridgman - F

1975 - Philadelphia Flyers
close

1975 NHL Draft

1st pick - Mel Bridgman
Philadelphia Flyers
GP G A PTS PIM
975 252 449 701 1625

Playing Career: 1975-1989
Junior Team: Victoria Cougars
Born: Apr 28, 1955 Trenton, ON
Height:6'0Weight: 190

Draft Notes: The Flyers traded a pair of players and their first-rounder to the Capitals to move up 17 spots to take Bridgman. The Capitals were coming off what is still the worst season in modern NHL history.

Hall of Famers: None

Steal of the Draft: Dave Taylor (Los Angeles, Round 15, 210th overall) was taken so late that he'd have been the final pick in a modern draft. He Ranks near the top of most Kings offensive career records.

Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images (front), Steve Babineau/NHL/Getty Images (back)

Rick Green - D

1976 - Washington Capitals
close

1976 NHL Draft

1st pick - Rick Green
Washington Capitals
GP G A PTS PIM
845 43 220 263 588

Playing Career: 1976-1992
Junior Team: London Knights
Born: Feb 20, 1956 Belleville, ON
Height:6'3Weight: 220

Draft Notes: Both the California Golden Seals and Kansas City Scouts took part in the 1976 draft. Less than two months later, California would become the Cleveland Barons and Kansas City would become the Colorado Rockies.

Hall of Famers: Bernie Federko (7th)

Steal of the Draft: Mike Liut (St. Louis, Round 4, 56th overall) put in some incredible performances over his career in St. Louis and Hartford and won the 1980-81 Lester B. Pearson Trophy.

Photos courtesy of the Washington Capitals

Dale McCourt - F

1977 - Detroit Red Wings
close

1977 NHL Draft

1st pick - Dale McCourt
Detroit Red Wings
GP G A PTS PIM
532 194 284 478 124

Playing Career: 1977-1984
Junior Team: Hamilton Fincups
Born: Jan 26, 1957 Falconbridge, ON
Height:5'10Weight: 180

Draft Notes: The 1977 draft was the first in NHL history where every player picked in the first round played at least 80 career games in the NHL.

Hall of Famers: Mike Bossy (15th), Rod Langway (36th)

Steal of the Draft: Pete Peeters (Philadelphia, Round 8, 135th overall) was a four-time All-Star and won a Vezina Trophy over a 13-year NHL career.

Photos: Steve Babineau/NHL/Getty Images

Bobby Smith - F

1978 - Minnesota North Stars
close

1978 NHL Draft

1st pick - Bobby Smith
Minnesota North Stars
GP G A PTS PIM
1077 357 679 1036 915

Playing Career: 1978-1993
Junior Team: Ottawa 67s
Born: Feb 12, 1958 North Sydney, NS
Height:6'4Weight: 210

Draft Notes: The Montreal Canadiens drafted Fetisov in the 12th round in hopes of luring the 20-year-old Russian blueliner to North America. He would be re-drafted by New Jersey in 1983 and make his NHL debut in 1989.

Hall of Famers: Viacheslov Fetisov (201st)*

Steal of the Draft: Craig MacTavish (Boston, Round 9, 153rd overall) played more games than anyone else taken in the draft, winning four Stanley Cups along the way. Not bad for a ninth-rounder.

Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images (front), Denis Brodeur/NHL/Getty Images (back)

Rob Ramage - D

1979 - Colorado Rockies
close

1979 NHL Draft

1st pick - Rob Ramage
Colorado Rockies
GP G A PTS PIM
1044 139 425 564 2224

Playing Career: 1979-1994
Junior Team: London Knights
Born: Jan 11, 1959 Byron, ON
Height:6'2Weight: 210

Draft Notes: The Rockies would not select again until the fourth round after selecting Ramage first overall. Of the 21 players taken in the first round, 11 would eclipse 1,000 NHL games.

Hall of Famers: Mike Gartner (4th), Ray Bourque (8th), Michel Goulet (20th), Mark Messier (48th), Glenn Anderson (69th)

Steal of the Draft: Mark Messier (Edmonton, Round 3, 48th overall) was the jewel of what was clearly a very, very deep draft. Edmonton's draft day haul would also include Anderson and Kevin Lowe.

Photos: Steve Babineau/NHL/Getty Images

Doug Wickenheiser - F

1980 - Montreal Canadiens
close

1980 NHL Draft

1st pick - Doug Wickenheiser
Montreal Canadiens
GP G A PTS PIM
556 111 165 276 286

Playing Career: 1980-1990
Junior Team: Regina Pats
Born: Regina Pats
Height:6'1Weight: 196

Draft Notes: The Canadiens acquired the first overall selection as a result of a trade made in 1976. The trade sent Ron Andruff and Sean Shanahan to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for the opportunity to swap 1980 first-rounders.

Hall of Famers: Denis Savard (3rd), Larry Murphy (4th), Paul Coffey (6th), Jari Kurri (69th)

Steal of the Draft: Hakan Loob (Calgary, Round 9, 181st overall) only played six NHL seasons but made a huge impact, scoring 50 goals in 1987-88 and helping the Flames to two Stanley Cup Finals.

Photos: Paul Kennedy/SI/Getty Images (front), Bruce Bennett/Getty Images (back)

Dale Hawerchuk - F

1981 - Winnipeg Jets
close

1981 NHL Draft

1st pick - Dale Hawerchuk
Winnipeg Jets
GP G A PTS PIM
1188 518 891 1409 740

Playing Career: 1981-1997
Junior Team: Cornwall Royals
Born: April 4, 1963 Toronto, ON
Height:5'11Weight: 185

Draft Notes: The 1981 to draft remains the only one to date to feature four Hall-of-Famers selected in the first round.

Hall of Famers: Hawerchuk, Ron Francis (4th), Grant Fuhr (8th), Al MacInnis (15th)

Steal of the Draft: Chris Chelios (Montreal, Round 2, 40th overall) played more NHL games than all but four players in the league's history and 492 more than the combined careers of the four players the Canadiens took ahead of him in 1981.

Photos: Denis Brodeur/NHL/Getty Images (front), Bruce Bennett/Getty Images (back)

Gord Kluzak - D

1982 - Boston Bruins
close

1982 NHL Draft

1st pick - Gord Kluzak
Boston Bruins
GP G A PTS PIM
299 25 98 123 543

Playing Career: 1982-1991
Junior Team: Billings Bighorns
Born: March 4, 1964 Climax, SK
Height:6'4Weight: 210

Draft Notes: Three of the Hartford Whalers' top-six career point-getters were taken in this draft. Hartford selected Kevin Dineen 56th overall and Ray Ferraro 88th while New Jersey took Pat Verbeek 43rd.

Hall of Famers: Hall-of-Famers: Scott Stevens (5th), Doug Gilmour (134th)

Steal of the Draft: : Doug Gilmour (St. Louis, Round 7, 134) would prove his playoff mettle in Calgary, Toronto and Montreal and play nearly five-times as many games as Kluzak.

Brian Lawton - F

1983 - Minnesota North Stars
close

1983 NHL Draft

1st pick - Brian Lawton
Minnesota North Stars
GP G A PTS PIM
483 112 154 266 401

Playing Career: 1983-1993
Junior Team: Mount Saint Charles Academy
Born: June 29, 1965 New Brunswick, NJ
Height:6'0Weight: 180

Draft Notes: A large influx of European talent was snapped up in 1983 including the Devils and Canadiens attempting to lure elite Russian talents like Tretiak and Fetisov. The St. Louis Blues did not participate in the draft. .

Hall of Famers: Pat LaFontaine (3rd), Steve Yzerman (4th), Cam Neely (9th), Vladislav Tretiak* (138th), Viacheslav Fetisov (145th)

Steal of the Draft: Dominik Hasek (Chicago, Round 10, 199th overall) would be pushed out of Chicago by Ed Belfour but will be a Hall-of-Famer for his 1990s dominance in Buffalo.

Photos courtesy of the Dallas Stars

Mario Lemieux - F

1984 - Pittsburgh Penguins
close

1984 NHL Draft

1st pick - Mario Lemieux
Pittsburgh Penguins
GP G A PTS PIM
915 690 1033 1723 834

Playing Career: 1985-2006
Junior Team: Laval Voisins
Born: Oct 5, 1965 Montreal, QC
Height:6'4Weight: 200

Draft Notes: The draft would produce three Calder Trophy winners (Lemieux, Robitaille and Gary Suter) and one Cy Young Award winner, with the Kings taking future Atlanta Braves great Tom Glavine in the fourth round.

Hall of Famers: Lemieux, Patrick Roy (51st), Brett Hull (117th), Luc Robitaille (171st)

Steal of the Draft: Luc Robitaille (Los Angeles, Round 9, 171st overall) may not have had the star-power of Lemieux, but the Kings would justify a ninth-round pick on their franchise goals leader.

Photos: Denis Brodeur/NHL/Getty Images (front), Bruce Bennett/Getty Images (back)

Wendel Clark - F

1985 - Toronto Maple Leafs
close

1985 NHL Draft

1st pick - Wendel Clark
Toronto Maple Leafs
GP G A PTS PIM
793 330 234 564 1690

Playing Career: 1985-2000
Junior Team: Saskatoon Blades
Born: Oct 25, 1966 Kelvington, SK
Height:5'11Weight: 197

Draft Notes: Clark would not be the only high-profile Leaf in this draft. Future general manager John Ferguson Jr. and future coach Paul Maurice were both taken in the draft's final six selections.

Hall of Famers: Joe Nieuwendyk (27th), Igor Larionov (214th)

Steal of the Draft: Bill Ranford (Boston, Round 3, 52nd overall) would be one of the most dominant goalies in the world in the early 1990s winning a Conn Smythe with Edmonton in 1990 and Canada Cup MVP in 1991.

Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Joe Murphy - F

1986 - Detroit Red Wings
close

1986 NHL Draft

1st pick - Joe Murphy
Detroit Red Wings
GP G A PTS PIM
779 233 295 528 810

Playing Career: 1987-2001
Junior Team: Michigan State University
Born: Oct 16, 1967 London, ON
Height:6'1Weight: 190

Draft Notes: The Oilers used the draft's final selection on Tony Hand, the first British-born and –trained player drafted into the NHL. He would score over 3,000 career points in various British pro leagues.

Hall of Famers: Brian Leetch (9th)

Steal of the Draft: Adam Graves (Detroit, Round 2, 22 overall), who would emerge as a 50-goal scorer and two-time Cup winner, would be taken outside the first round of a draft with limited star power.

Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Pierre Turgeon - F

1987 - Buffalo Sabres
close

1987 NHL Draft

1st pick - Pierre Turgeon
Buffalo Sabres
GP G A PTS PIM
1294 515 812 1327 452

Playing Career: 1987-2007
Junior Team: Granby Bisons
Born: Aug 28, 1969 Rouyn-Noranda, QC
Height:6'1Weight: 195

Draft Notes: Six of the draft's top eight picks were involved in the "Piestany Punch-Up" at the 1987 World Junior Hockey Championships.

Hall of Famers: Brendan Shanahan (2nd), Joe Sakic (15th)

Steal of the Draft: Theoren Fleury (Calgary, Round 8, 166th overall) likely fell so far by virtue of being just five-foot-six. He would play 15 NHL seasons winning a Stanley Cup and an Olympic gold medal.

Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images (front), Denis Brodeur/NHL/Getty Images (back)

Mike Modano - C

1988 - Minnesota North Stars
close

1988 NHL Draft

1st pick - Mike Modano
Minnesota North Stars
GP G A PTS PIM
1499 561 813 1374 926

Playing Career: 1988-2011
Junior Team: Prince Albert Raiders
Born: Jun 7, 1970 Livonia, MI
Height:6'3Weight: 212

Draft Notes: Top pick Mike Modano would go on to become the highest scoring American in NHL history. It also featured two of only nine players in the history of the NHL to reach the 3,000 penalty minute plateau, Tie Domi and Rob Ray.

Cream of the Crop: Modano, Teemu Selanne (10th), Rob Blake (70th)

Steal of the Draft: Alexander Mogilny (Buffalo, Round 5, 89th overall) would become one of the deadliest snipers of the 90s once Russian players became regular fixtures in the NHL.

Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images (front), Denis Brodeur/NHL/Getty Images (back)

Mats Sundin - C

1989 - Quebec Nordiques
close

1989 NHL Draft

1st pick - Mats Sundin
Quebec Nordiques
GP G A PTS PIM
1346 564 785 1349 1093

Playing Career: 1990-2009
Junior Team: Nacka HK
Born: : Feb 13, 1971 Bromma, SWE
Height:6'5Weight: 231

Draft Notes: Sundin was was the first European to be taken number one. The final draft before the fall of the Berlin Wall also started the NHL careers of Sergei Fedorov and Pavel Bure.

Cream of the Crop: Sundin, Nicklas Lidstrom (53rd), Sergei Fedorov (74th), Pavel Bure (113th)

Steal of the Draft: Arturs Irbe (Minnesota, Round 10, 196th overall) was impressive internationally, but his time in the NHL should not be undercut. Leading improbable playoff runs in San Jose and Carolina, Irbe was great value for a 10th-rounder.

Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images (front), Rick Stewart/Getty Images (back)

Owen Nolan - RW

1990 - Quebec Nordiques
close

1990 NHL Draft

1st pick - Owen Nolan
Quebec Nordiques
GP G A PTS PIM
1200 422 463 885 1793

Playing Career: 1990-2010
Junior Team: Cornwall Royals
Born: Feb 12, 1972 Belfast, NI
Height: 6'1Weight: 205

Draft Notes: The Flames and Devils swapped picks on draft day in what would become a goalie swap. Calgary moved up to 13 to take Trevor Kidd. The Devils used Calgary's pick on Martin Brodeur.

Cream of the Crop: Jaromir Jagr (5th), Martin Brodeur (20th)

Steal of the Draft: Peter Bondra (Washington, Round 8, 156th overall) was the leading light of post-split Slovakia in the mid-90s and a shrewd pick-up for the Caps, who nabbed the 500-goal man deep in the draft.

Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images (front), Robert Laberge/Getty Images (back)

Eric Lindros - C

1991 - Quebec Nordiques
close

1991 NHL Draft

1st pick - Eric Lindros
Quebec Nordiques
GP G A PTS PIM
760 372 493 865 1398

Playing Career: 1992-2007
Junior Team: Oshawa Generals
Born: Feb 28, 1973 London, ON
Height: 6'4Weight: 230

Draft Notes: The '91 Draft went down in infamy when Lindros refused to accept life in Quebec. He held out for the entire 1991-92 season before the Nordiques were forced to deal him to Philadelphia.

Cream of the Crop: Lindros, Scott Niedermayer (3rd), Peter Forsberg (6th)

Steal of the Draft: Chris Osgood (Detroit, Round 3, 54th overall) benefitted from playing behind a lot of Red Wings talent, but he's still one of only 10 goalies to reach 400 career wins.

Photos: S. Levy/Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images (front), Robert Laberge/Getty Images (back)

Roman Hamrlik - D

1992 - Tampa Bay Lightning
close

1992 NHL Draft

1st pick - Roman Hamrlik
Tampa Bay Lightning
GP G A PTS PIM
1379 155 482 637 1400

Playing Career: 1992-Pres.
Junior Team: HC Zlin
Born: April 12, 1974 Zlin, CZE
Height: 6'2Weight: 206

Draft Notes: The expansion Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators took turns selecting the first pick of each round, with the Lightning getting the odd rounds and the Senators taking the even ones.

Cream of the Crop: Sergei Gonchar (14th)

Steal of the Draft: Nikolai Khabibulin (Winnipeg Jets, Round 9, 204th overall) has proven well worth a ninth-round selection winning 300-plus games, a Stanley Cup and an Olympic gold.

Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images (front), Elsa/Getty Images (back)

Alexandre Daigle - RW

1993 - Ottawa Senators
close

1993 NHL Draft

1st pick - Alexandre Daigle
Ottawa Senators
GP G A PTS PIM
616 129 198 327 186

Playing Career: 1993-2006
Junior Team: Victoriaville Tigres
Born: Feb 7, 1975 Montreal, QC
Height: 6'0Weight: 200

Draft Notes: Some say the Senators intentionally lost games to get the number one pick, leading to the introduction of the Draft Lottery in 1995. Daigle is considered by many to be one of the biggest ever draft busts.

Cream of the Crop: Chris Pronger (2nd)

Steal of the Draft: Pavol Demitra (Ottawa Senators, Round 9, 227th overall) would light up NHL scoresheets for parts of 16 seasons but would be traded to St. Louis after playing less than 60 games for Ottawa.

Photos: M Campanelli/Getty Images (front), Elsa/Getty Images (back)

Ed Jovanovski - D

1994 - Florida Panthers
close

1994 NHL Draft

1st pick - Ed Jovanovski
Florida Panthers
GP G A PTS PIM
1085 136 358 494 1452

Playing Career: 1995-Pres.
Junior Team: Florida Panthers
Born: June 26, 1976 Windsor, ON
Height: 6'3Weight: 218

Draft Notes: The 1994 draft would feature four goalies to either win or be runner-up for the Vezina trophy – Jose Theodore (44th), Marty Turco (124th), Tim Thomas (217) and Evgeni Nabokov (219th).

Hall of Famers: Daniel Alfredsson (133rd); Tim Thomas (217th)

Steal of the Draft: Tim Thomas (Quebec Nordiques, Round 9, 217th overall) would take more than a decade to get a regular NHL job but still won the 2011 Conn Smythe Trophy.

Photos: Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images (front), Robert Laberge/Getty Images (back)

Bryan Berard - D

1995 - Ottawa Senators
close

1995 NHL Draft

1st pick - Bryan Berard
Ottawa Senators
GP G A PTS PIM
619 76 247 323 500

Playing Career: 1996-2008
Junior Team: Detroit Junior Red Wings
Born: March 5, 1977 Woonsocket, RI
Height: 6'1Weight: 195

Draft Notes: Following Lindros' footsteps, Berard would refuse to report to the team that drafted him. The team would trade him to the Islanders with Martin Straka in return for number-two pick Wade Redden and goaltender Damian Rhodes.

Cream of the Crop: Jarome Iginla (11th)

Steal of the Draft: Miikka Kiprusoff (San Jose Sharks, Round 5, 116th overall) got lost in the San Jose crease shuffle behind Evgeni Nabokov. He would win a Vezina Trophy and lead the Flames to within one win of the 2004 Stanley Cup.

Photos: The Canadian Press

Chris Phillips - D

1996 - Ottawa Senators
close

1996 NHL Draft

1st pick - Chris Phillips
Ottawa Senators
GP G A PTS PIM
1025 65 191 256 671

Playing Career: 1997-Pres.
Junior Team: Prince Albert Raiders
Born: March 9, 1978 Calgary, AB
Height: 6'3Weight: 216

Draft Notes: The Winnipeg Jets participated in their final NHL Draft before officially moving to Phoenix nine days later. They would use one of their two first-rounders to select Daniel Briere.

Cream of the Crop: Zdeno Chara (56th)

Steal of the Draft: Tomas Kaberle (Toronto Maple Leafs, Round 8, 204th overall) was the cornerstone of the Maple Leafs power play for over a decade. He is still active and won the Cup with Boston in 2011.

Photos: Glenn Cratty/Getty Images (front), The Canadian Press (back)

Joe Thornton - C

1997 - Boston Bruins
close

1997 NHL Draft

1st pick - Joe Thornton
Boston Bruins
GP G A PTS PIM
1077 324 754 1078 963

Playing Career: 1997-Pres.
Junior Team: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Born: July 2, 1979 London, ON
Height: 6'4Weight: 235

Draft Notes: Five 1997 first-rounders would win Olympic gold with Team Canada. Eric Brewer won gold in 2002, while Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Roberto Luongo and Brenden Morrow won in 2010.

Cream of the Crop: Thornton, Roberto Luongo (4th)

Steal of the Draft: Brian Campbell (Buffalo Sabres, Round 6, 156th overall) has been a weapon in every offence he's been part of, eclipsing 50 points in three of the last five seasons.

Photos: The Canadian Press

Vincent Lecavalier - C

1998 - Tampa Bay Lightning
close

1998 NHL Draft

1st pick - Vincent Lecavalier
Tampa Bay Lightning
GP G A PTS PIM
998 373 469 842 717

Playing Career: 1998-Pres.
Junior Team: Rimouski Oceanic
Born: April 21, 1980 Ile Bizard, QC
Height: 6'4Weight: 208

Draft Notes: The 1998 draft was good to the Montreal Canadiens… eventually. Current Habs Andrei Markov, Brian Gionta, Erik Cole and Scott Gomez were all taken in '98 as were former Habs Alex Tanguay, Mike Ribeiro and Michael Ryder.

Cream of the Crop: Brad Richards (64th), Pavel Datsyuk (171st)

Steal of the Draft: Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings, Round 6, 171st overall) is the poster-boy for the Wings' scouting staff. Regarded as the NHL's most skilled player and selected in the sixth round.

Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images (front), The Canadian Press (back)

Patrik Stefan - C

1999 - Atlanta Thrashers
close

1999 NHL Draft

1st pick - Patrik Stefan
Atlanta Thrashers
GP G A PTS PIM
455 64 124 188 158

Playing Career: 1999-2007
Junior Team: Long Beach Ice Dogs
Born: April 21, 1980 Pribram, CZE
Height: 6'2Weight: 210

Draft Notes: Vancouver Canucks DM Brian Burke made draft day deals with the Blackhawks, Lightning and Thrashers to acquire the picks necessary to draft the Sedin twins second and third overall respectively.

Cream of the Crop: Daniel Sedin (2nd), Henrik Sedin (3rd), Ryan Miller (138th), Henrik Zetterberg (210th)

Steal of the Draft: Zetterberg (Detroit Red Wings, Round 7, 210th overall) continued Detroit's knack for landing elite talent in the late rounds of the draft.

Photos: The Canadian Press

Rick DiPietro - G

2000 - New York Islanders
close

2000 NHL Draft

1st pick - Rick DiPietro
New York Islanders
GP W GAA SV% SO
315 130 2.86 .903 16

Playing Career: 2000-Pres.
Junior Team: Boston University
Born: Sep 19, 1981 Winthrop, MA
Height: 6'1Weight: 190

Draft Notes: The Islanders were so sold on DiPietro as their goaltender of the future that they engineered a lopsided draft-day deal with Florida that sent the Panthers Roberto Luongo and Olli Jokinen in exchange for Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha.

Cream of the Crop: Marian Gaborik (3rd), Henrik Lundqvist (205th)

Steal of the Draft: Lundqvist (New York Rangers, Round 7, 205th overall) has already won an Olympic gold medal and may soon add a Vezina or Hart Trophy to his resume.

Photos: The Canadian Press

Ilya Kovalchuk - F

2001 - Atlanta Thrashers
close

2001 NHL Draft

1st pick - Ilya Kovalchuk
Atlanta Thrashers
GP G A PTS PIM
779 406 379 785 498

Playing Career: 2001-Pres.
Junior Team: Spartak Moscow
Born: April 15, 1983 Tver, RUS
Height: 6'2Weight: 235

Draft Notes: The Ottawa Senators reaped a great fortune from the New York Islanders receiving the second overall pick (Jason Spezza) and Zdeno Chara in a package for disgruntled captain Alexei Yashin.

Cream of the Crop: Kovalchuk (1st)

Steal of the Draft: While the '01 class may not produce many Hall-of-Famers, there were quality players all over the board, most notably Patrick Sharp (Philadelphia Flyers, Round 3, 95th overall).

Photos: The Canadian Press

Rick Nash - RW

2002 - Columbus Blue Jackets
close

2002 NHL Draft

1st pick - Rick Nash
Columbus Blue Jackets
GP G A PTS PIM
674 289 258 547 568

Playing Career: 2002-Pres.
Junior Team: London Knights
Born: June 16, 1984 Brampton, ON
Height: 6'4Weight: 218

Draft Notes: The Florida Panthers won the Draft Lottery and then traded the pick to Columbus. They still wound up with the pre-draft consensus number-one pick, nabbing Jay Bouwmeester third overall.

Cream of the Crop: Nash, Duncan Keith (54th)

Steal of the Draft: Jonathan Ericsson, (Detroit Red Wings, Round 9, 291st overall) the last pick in '02, has turned into a dependable force on the Wings' back end and has represented Sweden at the Worlds. Not bad for "Mr. Irrelevant".

Photos: The Canadian Press

Marc-Andre Fleury - G

2003 - Pittsburgh Penguins
close

2003 NHL Draft

1st pick - Marc-Andre Fleury
Pittsburgh Penguins
GP W GAA SV% SO
434 226 2.68 .909 22

Playing Career: 2003-Pres.
Junior Team: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Born: Nov 28, 1984 Sorel, QC
Height: 6'1Weight: 172

Draft Notes: Viewed as one of the strongest drafts of all-time, 13 2003 first-rounders have reached the 100-career-goals plateau before the age of 28.

Cream of the Crop: Fleury, Eric Staal (2nd), Tomas Vanek (5th), Zach Parise (17th), Corey Perry (28th), Shea Weber (49th)

Steal of the Draft: The St. Louis Blues are currently reaping the rewards of two ninth-round sleepers, goalies Jaroslav Halak (Montreal Canadiens, 271st overall) and Brian Elliott (Ottawa Senators, 291st overall).

Photos: The Canadian Press

Alexander Ovechkin - LW

2004 - Washington Capitals
close

2004 NHL Draft

1st pick - Alexander Ovechkin
Washington Capitals
GP G A PTS PIM
553 339 340 679 372

Playing Career: 2005-Pres.
Junior Team: Dynamo Moscow
Born: Sep 17, 1985 Moscow, RUS
Height: 6'2Weight: 233

Draft Notes: The Florida Panthers had attempted to take Ovechkin one year prior in the ninth round of the drfat, claiming that leap years made him eligible in 2003 when his birthday was two days after the eligibility cut-off.

Cream of the Crop: Ovechkin (1st), Evgeni Malkin (2nd)

Steal of the Draft: Pekka Rinne (Nashville Predators, Round 8, 258th overall) has been nominated for the Vezina Trophy the past two years. Excellent value for a pick they don't even make anymore.

Photos: The Canadian Press

Sidney Crosby - C

2005 - Pittsburgh Penguins
close

200 NHL Draft

1st pick - Sidney Crosby
Pittsburgh Penguins
GP G A PTS PIM
434 223 386 609 401

Playing Career: 2005-Pres.
Junior Team: Rimouski Oceanic
Born: Aug 7, 1987 Cole Harbour, NS
Height: 5'11Weight: 200

Draft Notes: Due to the 2004-05 lockout a weighted, league-wide lottery was held to determine who got the first overall choice. The Penguins won what is often referred to as "The Sidney Crosby Sweepstakes".

Cream of the Crop: Crosby (1st), Bobby Ryan (2nd), Carey Price (5th), Jonathan Quick (72nd)

Steal of the Draft: Keith Yandle (Phoenix Coyotes, Round 4, 105th overall) put together back-to-back All-Star campaigns in 2010-11 and 2011-12 to reward the Coyotes for their use of a fifth-rounder.

Photos: The Canadian Press

Erik Johnson - D

2006 - St. Louis Blues
close

2006 NHL Draft

1st pick - Erik Johnson
St. Louis Blues
GP G A PTS PIM
298 27 100 127 189

Playing Career: 2007-Pres.
Junior Team: US NTDP
Born: March 21, 1988 Bloomington, MN
Height: 6'5Weight: 227

Draft Notes: The 2006 Draft would produce a Calder Trophy nominee in four of the following five seasons, including Jordan Staal, Jonathan Toews, Nicklas Backstrom, Kris Versteeg and Michael Grabner.

Cream of the Crop: Jonathan Toews (3rd), Phil Kessel (5th), Claude Giroux (22nd)

Steal of the Draft: Boston got themselves years worth of grit out of their third and fourth picks of the draft, nabbing Milan Lucic (50th) and Brad Marchand (71st overall) outside the first round.

Photos: The Canadian Press

Patrick Kane - RW/C

2007 - Chicago Blackhawks
close

2007 NHL Draft

1st pick - Patrick Kane
Chicago Blackhawks
GP G A PTS PIM
399 126 243 369 182

Playing Career: 2007-Pres.
Junior Team: London Knights
Born: Nov 19, 1988 Buffalo, NY
Height: 5'10Weight: 178

Draft Notes: The Chicago Blackhawks won the 2007 Draft Lottery despite finishing fifth overall and having only an eight percent chance at winning the top pick.

Cream of the Crop: Kane (1), Logan Couture (9th)

Steal of the Draft: Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars, Round 5, 129 overall) is emerging as a dangerous power forward and an excellent use of a fifth-rounder.

Photos: The Canadian Press

Steven Stamkos - C

2008 - Tampa Bay Lightning
close

2008 NHL Draft

1st pick - Steven Stamkos
Tampa Bay Lightning
GP G A PTS PIM
325 179 150 329 217

Playing Career: 2008-Pres.
Junior Team: Sarnia Sting
Born: Feb 7, 1990 Markham, ON
Height: 6'1Weight: 196

Draft Notes: The Draft was held in Ottawa to make up for the fact that the 2005 Draft – originally scheduled there – was a scaled-back affair with few top prospects making the trip.

Cream of the Crop: Stamkos, Drew Doughty (2nd), Erik Karlsson (15th)

Steal of the Draft: Many believe Anders Lindback (Nashville Predators, Round 7, 207th overall) would be well on his way to being a standout keeper by now if he weren't stuck behind Pekka Rinne in Nashville.

Photos: The Canadian Press

John Tavares - C

2009 - New York Islanders
close

2009 NHL Draft

1st pick - John Tavares
New York Islanders
GP G A PTS PIM
243 84 118 202 101

Playing Career: 2009-Pres.
Junior Team: London Knights
Born: Sep 20, 1990 Mississauga, ON
Height: 6'0Weight: 206

Draft Notes: The first round featured a record seven Swedes taken, highlighted by Victor Hedman (2nd), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (6th) and Magnus Paajarvi (10th).

Cream of the Crop: Tavares (1st), Matt Duchene (3rd)

Steal of the Draft: Ryan O'Reilly (Colorado Avalanche, Round 2, 33rd overall) led the Avalanche in points in 2011-12, ahead of stars like Paul Stastny, and lottery picks like Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog.

Photos: The Canadian Press

Taylor Hall - LW

2010 - Edmonton Oilers
close

2010 NHL Draft

1st pick - Taylor Hall
Edmonton Oilers
GP G A PTS PIM
126 49 46 95 63

Playing Career: 2010-Pres.
Junior Team: Windsor Spitfires
Born: Nov 14, 1991 Calgary, AB
Height: 6'1Weight: 194

Draft Notes: Billed as "Taylor vs. Tyler", the Edmonton Oilers took Taylor Hall as the first overall pick, leaving the Boston Bruins with Tyler Seguin, whom some believe to be just as good.

Cream of the Crop: Hall (1st), Tyler Seguin (2nd), Jeff Skinner (7th)

Steal of the Draft: While it'll take a while to find the true steal from 2010 yeat, you have to like Mark Stone (Ottawa Senators, Round 6, 178th overall) leading Team Canada at the 2012 World Juniors and making his NHL debut in a Playoff game for Ottawa.

Photos: The Canadian Press

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - C

2011 - Edmonton Oilers
close

2011 NHL Draft

1st pick - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Edmonton Oilers
GP G A PTS PIM
62 18 34 52 16

Playing Career: 2011-pres.
Junior Team: Red Deer Rebels
Born: Apr. 12, 1993 Burnaby, BC
Height: 6'1Weight: 175

Draft Notes: In its first draft since relocating from Atlanta, Winnipeg used its first pick in 2011 (Mark Scheifele) to announce that the new team would be named the Jets.

 

Cream of the Crop: Nugent-Hopkins (1st), Gabriel Landeskog (2nd), Sean Couturier (8th)

Steal of the draft: Too early to tell, but Andrew Shaw (Chicago Blackhawks, Round 5, 139th overall) was the only player outside the top-10 to play in upwards of 30 games in 2011-12.

Photos: The Canadian Press (front), Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images (back)

Nail Yakupov

2012 - Edmonton Oilers
close

2012 NHL Draft

Nail Yakupov
Edmonton
GP G A PTS PIM
48 17 14 31 24

2012 Draft Top 5 Selections
1. Edmonton Oilers: Nail Yakupov
2. Columbus Blue Jackets: Ryan Murray
3. Montreal Canadiens: Alex Galchenyuk
4. New York Islanders: Griffin Reinhart
5. Toronto Maple Leafs: Morgan Rielly

Draft Notes
The Edmonton Oilers won the 2012 NHl Draft Lottery and leapfrogged the Columbus Blue Jackets for the right to pick first overall. The Oilers became the first team since the Quebec Nordiques (1989-91) to have three straight first overall selections. The team took Russian forward Nail Yakupov, adding to an already-strong young forward crop.

Photo: The Canadian Press

DraftCentre 2014

2014 NHL Draft (TSN)

June 27-28, 2014 in Philadelphia


Draft Lottery Results



Podcasts

TSN 1050 Toronto: Leafs Lunch: Ray Ferraro- April 24

TSN Hockey Analyst Ray Ferraro joins the program to talk about the NHL Playoffs and what the Pittsburgh Penguins should so about their goaltending.

TSN 1050: The Draftcentre Podcast with Matt Cade and Craig Button - March 20th, 2014

Craig explains his projected top 5, and Ryan Jankowski talks about building the U17, U18 and U20 Teams Canada.

TSN 1050: TSN Drive with Dave Naylor: Richard Griffin- Mar. 11

Richard Griffin speaks about the Blue Jays’ pursuit of starting pitcher Ervin Santana, the health of Melky Cabrera and Jose Reyes, and more.


More Podcasts

NHL CS Rankings

2013-14 CS Final Rankings

North American: Skaters | Goaltenders

European: Skaters | Goaltenders


2013-14 CS Mid-Term Rankings

North American: Skaters | Goaltenders

European: Skaters | Goaltenders


2013-14 CS November Players To Watch

Full List

ISS Monthly Draft Ranking

ISS regularly feature and ranks the top NHL draft eligible players from the CHL, NCAA and Europe.


Latest Rankings - April 15

© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television