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This is a List of NHL Draft Picks taken from Canadian Junior A, now known as the Canadian Junior Hockey League.

BackgroundEdit

The 1970-71 season saw the schism of the Junior "A" brand by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. The Ontario Major Junior Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Western Canada Hockey League were segregated from the handful of other Junior "A" leagues and given exclusive rights to the Memorial Cup. The slew of other leagues, from the British Columbia Junior Hockey League, Alberta Junior Hockey League, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, and Manitoba Junior Hockey League in the West, to the Southern Ontario Junior A Hockey League, Thunder Bay Junior A Hockey League, Northern Ontario Junior Hockey Association, and Central Junior A Hockey League in Ontario, and the Maritime Junior Hockey League in Atlantic Canada bound together to form the Tier II Junior "A" division of the CAHA -- the forerunner to the Canadian Junior Hockey League.

At the 1971 NHL Entry Draft, the Tier II teams began their fine tradition of prospect promotion to the National Hockey League with nine draft picks, including Curt Ridley -- the first Tier II player to ever get drafted into the NHL straight from Tier II (28th overall by the Boston Bruins). With the creation of the World Hockey Association, this tradition took an early hit with the NHL and WHA focusing less on scouting Tier II and more on raiding the three Major Junior leagues and the Minor Pro system.

Post-1979, the Junior A division has successfully been scouted by the National Hockey League for blue chip prospects on an annual basis, taking as many as 22 players in a draft.

Players who have been taken include, but are not limited to: John Van Boxmeer, Al MacAdam, Ken Houston, Cam Botting, Brent Sutter, Troy Murray, James Patrick, Chris Chelios, Dave Ellett, Ray Ferraro, Tony Hrkac, Brett Hull, Tom Tilley, Danton Cole, Neil Wilkinson, Russ Parent, Mike Eastwood, Garry Valk, Rod Brind'Amour, Dixon Ward, Jason Marshall, Kent Manderville, Greg Johnson, Anson Carter, Ryan Johnson, Bates Battaglia, Danius Zubrus, Travis Zajac, Andrew Cogliano, and Kyle Turris.

In 2007, Kyle Turris took the status of the Junior A prospect to a new level. Playing for the Burnaby Express of the BCHL, Turris was rated as the #1 North American skater in the draft. He ended up being drafted third overall by the Phoenix Coyotes at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft - the highest pick ever for a Junior A player.

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1971Edit

Picks by League
MJAHL 4
NOJHL 3
AJHL 1
MJHL 1

1972Edit

Picks by League
MAHA 2
SOJHL 2
AJHL 1
TBMJHL 1

1973Edit

Picks by League
CJHL 2
OPJHL 2
CAJHL 1
SOJHL 1

1974Edit

Picks by League
OPJHL 4
CJHL 3
SOJHL 3
MJHL 1
SJHL 1

1975Edit

Picks by League
BCJHL 1

1976Edit

None.

1977Edit

None.

1978Edit

Picks by League
MJHL 1

1979Edit

None.

1980Edit

Picks by League
AJHL 3
BCJHL 2
OPJHL 1
SJHL 1

1981Edit

Picks by League
SJHL 5
BCJHL 2
AJHL 1

1982Edit

Picks by League
BCJHL 8
AJHL 5
SJHL 5
CJHL 1
MVJHL 1
QJAHL 1

1983Edit

Picks by League
AJHL 6
BCJHL 5
CJHL 2
OJHL 1

1984Edit

Picks by League
AJHL 3
BCJHL 3
SJHL 3
OJHL 2
CJHL 1

1985Edit

Picks by League
AJHL 3
BCJHL 3
OJHL 3
MJHL 1

1986Edit

Picks by League
AJHL 7
BCJHL 6
MJHL 4
OJHL 2
MVJHL 1

1987Edit

Picks by League
BCJHL 4
CJHL 3
AJHL 2
SJHL 1

1988Edit

Picks by League
MJHL 3
AJHL 2
BCJHL 2
SJHL 2

1989Edit

Picks by League
SJHL 5
TBAHA 2
BCJHL 1
CJHL 1

1990Edit

Picks by League
SJHL 4
BCJHL 1
CJHL 1

1991Edit

Picks by League
BCJHL 3
TBAHA 1

1992Edit

Picks by League
MetJHL 3
AJHL 2
CJHL 2
TBAHA 2
SJHL 1

1993Edit

Picks by League
BCJHL 4
MetJHL 3
AJHL 2
SJHL 2
CJHL 1

1994Edit

Picks by League
BCHL 4
AJHL 2
CJHL 2
MetJHL 2
TBAHA 2
OPJHL 1
NOJHL 1
RMJHL 1

1995Edit

Picks by League
BCHL 4
AJHL 1
MJHL 1
SJHL 1

1996Edit

Picks by League
AJHL 2
BCHL 2
CJHL 2
SJHL 2
MetJHL 1

1997Edit

Picks by League
AJHL 1
BCHL 1
SJHL 1

1998Edit

Picks by League
AJHL 2
BCHL 1
SJHL 1

1999Edit

Picks by League
BCHL 4

2000Edit

Picks by League
BCHL 2
AJHL 1
OPJHL 1
SJHL 1
TBAHA 1

2001Edit

Picks by League
BCHL 5
SJHL 2
AJHL 1
MJHL 1
NOJHL 1

2002Edit

Picks by League
BCHL 5
AJHL 3
SJHL 2
MJHL 1
OPJHL 1

2003Edit

Picks by League
BCHL 11
OPJHL 4
AJHL 3
SJHL 3
QJAAAHL 1

2004Edit

Picks by League
BCHL 10
SJHL 2
AJHL 1
OPJHL 1

2005Edit

Picks by League
BCHL 4
AJHL 2
SJHL 2
OPJHL 1

2006Edit

Picks by League
BCHL 4
OPJHL 3
AJHL 2
QJAAAHL 1

2007Edit

Picks by League
BCHL 7
OPJHL 5
AJHL 4

2008Edit

Picks by League
BCHL 6
OPJHL 5
CJHL 3
AJHL 2
MJHL 1

2009Edit

Picks by League
BCHL 5
AJHL 3
CJHL 3
OJHL 3

2010Edit

Picks by League
BCHL 4
CCHL 3
AJHL 2
MJHL 2

2011Edit

Picks by League
OJHL 2
BCHL 2
AJHL 1
CCHL 1
MJHL 1

2012Edit

Picks by League
BCHL 5
AJHL 4
OJHL 3
CCHL 1

2013Edit

Picks by League
BCHL 7
AJHL 2
OJHL 2
CCHL 1

2014Edit

Picks by League
BCHL 5
OJHL 4
AJHL 2
CCHL 1

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