NHL Entry Draft

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The NHL Entry Draft is the mechanism in the NHL for teams to select the rights to prospective players.

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History

The first NHL Amateur Draft was held on June 5, 1963 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec. Any amateur player that was 17 years of age and older and was not already sponsored by an NHL club was eligible to be drafted.

In 1969 the rules were changed so that any amateur player under the age of 20 was eligible to be drafted. 84 players (more than four times the average in each of the first six drafts) were selected that year.

In 1979, the name of the Draft was changed from "Amateur" to "Entry" to accommodate a rule change that allowed players who had previously played professionally to be drafted. This rule change was made to facilitate the absorption of players from the now defunct World Hockey Association.

Beginning in 1980 and continuing today, any player who is 18-20 years old is eligible to be drafted. In addition, any non-North American player over the age of 20 can be selected.

Also in 1980, the Entry Draft became a public event. Prior to this year the Entry Draft was conducted in Montreal hotels or League offices and was closed to the general public. The 1980 draft was held in the Montreal Forum and there were more than 2,500 fans in attendance.

In 1985 the first draft outside of Montreal was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario in 1985. The event was attended by 7,000 fans.

Live television coverage of the Draft began in 1984 when the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation covered the event in both English and French for Canadian audiences. SportsChannel America began covering the even in the United States in 1989.

List of Drafts

First Overall Selections

Below is a listing of all of the first overall selections.

Player Numbers By League Summary

Below is a chart showing where players have been drafted from by year. The leagues represented are the Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, United States Colleges, United States High Schools, International players. Those player listed under Other do not fit any of the other listed categories. International players who were playing for teams in North American leagues are listed in the chart as being drafted from their respective league rather than being listed at international.

Year OHL WHL QMJHL US Colleges USHS Int'l Other
2003 44 41 38 23 10 93 43
2002 35 43 23 41 6 110 32
2001 41 45 26 24 8 119 26
2000 39 41 21 35 7 123 27
1999 52 40 20 36 9 94 21
1998 50 44 41 27 7 75 14
1997 52 63 19 26 4 63 19
1996 51 54 31 25 6 58 16
1995 54 55 35 5 2 69 14
1994 45 66 28 6 28 80 33
1993 60 44 23 17 33 78 31
1992 57 45 22 9 25 84 22
1991 43 40 25 43 37 55 21
1990 39 33 14 38 57 53 16
1989 39 44 16 48 47 38 20
1988 32 30 22 48 56 39 25
1987 32 36 17 40 69 38 20
1986 66 32 22 22 40 28 42
1985 59 47 15 20 48 31 31
1984 55 37 16 22 44 40 36
1983 57 41 24 14 35 34 37
1982 60 55 17 20 47 35 18
1981 59 37 28 21 17 32 17
1980 73 41 24 42 7 13 10
1979 48 37 19 15 - 6 1
1978 59 48 22 73 - 16 16
1977 42 44 40 49 - 5 5
1976 47 33 18 26 - 8 3
1975 55 57 28 59 - 6 12
1974 69 66 40 41 - 6 25
1973 56 49 24 25 - - 14
1972 46 44 30 21 - - 11
1971 41 28 13 22 - - 13
1970 51 22 13 16 - - 13
1969 36 20 11 7 - 1 9
Total 1744 1503 825 1006 649 1530 713
Total Players Drafted (1969-2003): 7,970

Player Numbers By Team

This is a ranking of the minor teams who have provided the most players to the NHL as of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Rk - Team - Plays

  1. Peterborough Petes, OHL - 153
  2. Oshawa Generals, OHL - 141
  3. Kitchener Rangers, OHL - 130
  4. London Knights, OHL - 128
  5. Ottawa 67's, OHL - 126
  6. Regina Pats, WHL - 103
  7. Sudbury Wolves, OHL - 101
  8. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL - 100
  9. Portland Winter Hawks, WHL - 98
  10. Kamloops Blazers, WHL - 97
  11. Saskatoon Blades, WHL - 97
  12. Toronto Marlboros, OHL - 97 (defunct)
  13. Medicine Hat Tigers, WHL - 96
  14. Brandon Wheat Kings, WHL - 94
  15. Kingston Frontenacs, OHL - 91
  16. Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL - 85
  17. Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL - 83
  18. Prince Albert Raiders, WHL - 74
  19. Niagara Falls Thunder, OHL - 72 (defunct)
  20. Victoria Cougars, WHL - 70 (defunct)
  21. Windsor Spitfires, OHL - 69
  22. Shawinigan Cataractes, QMJHL - 69
  23. Gatineau Olympiques, QMJHL - 66
  24. Calgary Wranglers, WHL - 66 (defunct)
  25. University of Minnesota, NCAA - 65
  26. Sherbrooke Castors, QMJHL - 63 (defunct)
  27. Guelph Storm, OHL - 62
  28. Hamilton Steelhawks, OHL - 62 (defunct)
  29. New Westminster Bruins, WHL - 62 (defunct)
  30. University of Michigan, NCAA - 60
  31. CSKA Moscow, Russia - 56
  32. North Bay Centennials, OHL - 56 (defunct)
  33. Laval Titan, QMJHL - 54 (defunct)
  34. Swift Current Broncos - 53
  35. Belleville Bulls, OHL - 53
  36. St. Catharines Fincups, OHA - 52 (defunct)
  37. Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL - 51
  38. Spokane Chiefs, WHL - 51
  39. Drummondville Voltigeurs, QMJHL - 49
  40. Boston University, NCAA - 49
  41. Chicoutimi Saguenéens, QMJHL - 47
  42. Quebec Remparts, QMJHL - 47 (defunct)
  43. Trois-Rivières Draveurs, QMJHL - 47 (defunct)
  44. Michigan Tech, NCAA - 46
  45. Plymouth Whalers, OHL - 45
  46. Michigan State, NCAA - 45
  47. Tri-City Americans, WHL - 45
  48. Cornwall Royals, QMJHL - 45 (defunct)
  49. Dynamo Moscow, Russia - 44
  50. University of Wisconsin, NCAA - 41
  51. University of Denver, NCAA - 40
  52. Flin Flon Bombers, WCHL - 39 (defunct)
  53. Red Deer Rebels, WHL - 38
  54. Edmonton Oil Kings, WHL - 38 (defunct)
  55. University of North Dakota, NCAA - 37
  56. Cornwall Royals, OHL - 37 (defunct)
  57. Boston College, NCAA - 34
  58. Providence College, NCAA - 34
  59. Djurgårdens IF, Sweden - 34
  60. MODO Hockey, Sweden - 34
  61. Winnipeg Warriors, WHL - 34 (defunct)
  62. TPS Turku, Finland - 33
  63. Jokerit, Finland - 33
  64. Harvard University, NCAA - 33
  65. HIFK Helsinki, Finland - 32
  66. Färjestads BK, Sweden - 32
  67. Clarkson University, NCAA - 32
  68. Montreal Jr. Canadiens, QMJHL - 32 (defunct)
  69. University of Colorado, NCAA - 31
  70. Cornell University, NCAA - 31
  71. HC Chemopetrol, Czech Extraliga - 31
  72. Victoriaville Tigres, QMJHL - 30
  73. University of New Hampshire, NCAA - 30
  74. Granby Prédateurs, QMJHL - 30 (defunct)


Note: Totals for Canadian Hockey League teams include all teams from that city, regardless of franchise moves except for Toronto, Quebec City, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouverde:Entry draft

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