NHL Entry and Amateur Draft History

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NHL Entry Draft history from 1979 to present, and NHL Amateur Draft history from 1963 to 1978.

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First Overall Selections, Year-by-Year

First Overall Selections, Year-by-Year Table
Draft Team First Pick Amateur Team
2019 NHL Entry New Jersey Devils Jack HughesUSA U-18 (U.S. NTDP)
2018 NHL Entry Buffalo Sabres Rasmus DahlinFrolunda (Sweden)
2017 NHL Entry New Jersey Devils Nico HischierHalifax (QMJHL)
2016 NHL Entry Toronto Maple Leafs Auston MatthewsZurich (Swiss)
2015 NHL Entry Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavidErie (OHL)
2014 NHL Entry Florida Panthers Aaron EkbladBARRIE (OHL)
2013 NHL Entry Colorado Avalanche Nathan MacKinnonHalifax (QMJHL)
2012 NHL Entry Edmonton Oilers Nail YakupovSarnia (OHL)
2011 NHL Entry Edmonton Oilers Ryan Nugent-HopkinsRed Deer (WHL)
2010 NHL Entry Edmonton Oilers Taylor HallWindsor (OHL)
2009 NHL Entry New York Islanders John TavaresLondon (OHL)
2008 NHL Entry Tampa Bay Lightning Steven StamkosSarnia (OHL)
2007 NHL Entry Chicago Blackhawks Patrick KaneLondon (OHL)
2006 NHL Entry St. Louis Blues Erik JohnsonU.S. National U-18 (USNTDP)
2005 NHL Entry Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney CrosbyRimouski (QMJHL)
2004 NHL Entry Washington Capitals Alex OvechkinDynamo Moscow (Russia)
2003 NHL Entry Pittsburgh Penguins Marc-Andre FleuryCape Breton (QMJHL)
2002 NHL Entry Columbus Blue Jackets Rick NashLondon (OHL)
2001 NHL Entry Atlanta Thrashers Ilya KovalchukSpartak Moscow (KHL)
2000 NHL Entry New York Islanders Rick DiPietroBoston University (H-East)
1999 NHL Entry Atlanta Thrashers Patrik StefanLong Beach (IHL)
1998 NHL Entry Tampa Bay Lightning Vincent LecavalierRimouski (QMJHL)
1997 NHL Entry Boston Bruins Joe ThorntonSault Ste. Marie (OHL)
1996 NHL Entry Ottawa Senators Chris PhillipsPrince Albert (WHL)
1995 NHL Entry Ottawa Senators Bryan BerardDetroit (OHL)
1994 NHL Entry Florida Panthers Ed JovanovskiWindsor (OHL)
1993 NHL Entry Ottawa Senators Alexandre DaigleVictoriaville (QMJHL)
1992 NHL Entry Tampa Bay Lightning Roman HamrlikZPS Zlin (Czech)
1991 NHL Entry Quebec Nordiques Eric LindrosOshawa (OHL)
1990 NHL Entry Quebec Nordiques Owen NolanCornwall (OHL)
1989 NHL Entry Quebec Nordiques Mats SundinNacka (Sweden)
1988 NHL Entry Minnesota North Stars Mike ModanoPrince Albert (WHL)
1987 NHL Entry Buffalo Sabres Pierre TurgeonGranby (QMJHL)
1986 NHL Entry Detroit Red Wings Joe MurphyMichigan State (CCHA)
1985 NHL Entry Toronto Maple Leafs Wendel ClarkSaskatoon (WHL)
1984 NHL Entry Pittsburgh Penguins Mario LemieuxLaval (QMJHL)
1983 NHL Entry Minnesota North Stars Brian LawtonMount St. Charles (High-RI)
1982 NHL Entry Boston Bruins Gord KluzakBillings
1981 NHL Entry Winnipeg Jets Dale HawerchukCornwall (QMJHL)
1980 NHL Entry Montreal Canadiens Doug WickenheiserRegina (WHL)
1979 NHL Entry Colorado Rockies Rob RamageLondon (OHL)
1978 NHL Amateur Minnesota North Stars Bobby SmithOttawa (OHL)
1977 NHL Amateur Detroit Red Wings Dale McCourtSt. Catharines (OHL)
1976 NHL Amateur Washington Capitals Rick GreenLondon (OHL)
1975 NHL Amateur Philadelphia Flyers Mel BridgmanVictoria (WHL)
1974 NHL Amateur Washington Capitals Greg JolyRegina (WHL)
1973 NHL Amateur New York Islanders Denis PotvinOttawa (OHL)
1972 NHL Amateur New York Islanders Billy HarrisToronto (OHL)
1971 NHL Amateur Montreal Canadiens Guy LafleurQuebec (QMJHL)
1970 NHL Amateur Buffalo Sabres Gilbert PerreaultMontreal (QMJHL)
1969 NHL Amateur Montreal Canadiens Rejean HouleMontreal (QMJHL)
1968 NHL Amateur Montreal Canadiens Michel PlasseDrummondville (QMJHL)
1967 NHL Amateur Los Angeles Kings Rick PagnuttiGarson Native Sons
1966 NHL Amateur Boston Bruins Barry GibbsEstevan (WCHL)
1965 NHL Amateur New York Rangers Andre VeilleuxMontreal Rangers Jr. B
1964 NHL Amateur Detroit Red Wings Claude GauthierRosemount (QMJHL)
1963 NHL Amateur Montreal Canadiens Garry MonahanSt. Michael's Juveniles

Franchise Draft History

Franchise Draft History Table
Anaheim Ducks 1993 2019
Arizona Coyotes 1979 2019
Boston Bruins 1963 2019
Buffalo Sabres 1970 2019
Calgary Flames 1972 2019
Carolina Hurricanes 1979 2019
Chicago Blackhawks 1963 2019
Cleveland Barons 1967 1977
Colorado Avalanche 1979 2019
Columbus Blue Jackets 2000 2019
Dallas Stars 1967 2019
Detroit Red Wings 1963 2019
Edmonton Oilers 1979 2019
Florida Panthers 1993 2019
Los Angeles Kings 1967 2019
Minnesota Wild 2000 2019
Montreal Canadiens 1963 2019
Nashville Predators 1998 2019
New Jersey Devils 1974 2019
New York Islanders 1972 2019
New York Rangers 1963 2019
Ottawa Senators 1992 2019
Philadelphia Flyers 1967 2019
Pittsburgh Penguins 1967 2019
San Jose Sharks 1991 2019
St. Louis Blues 1968 2019
Tampa Bay Lightning 1992 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs 1963 2019
Vancouver Canucks 1970 2019
Vegas Golden Knights 2017 2019
Washington Capitals 1974 2019
Winnipeg Jets 1999 2019