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List of players who were drafted first overall in the NHL Entry Draft.

NHL 1963-69Edit

Year Player Position Amateur Club Pro Team
1963 Flag of Canada.svg Garry Monahan Forward Peterborough (OHA) Montreal Canadiens
1964 Flag of Canada.svg Claude Gauthier Forward [1] Rosemont Midget Detroit Red Wings
1965 Flag of Canada.svg Andre Veilleux Forward Montreal Jr. B New York Rangers
1966 Flag of Canada.svg Bobby Orr Defenceman Oshawa (OHL) Boston Bruins
1967 Flag of Canada.svg Rick Pagnutti Defenceman Garson (NOHA) Los Angeles Kings
1968 Flag of Canada.svg Michel Plasse Goaltender Drummondville (QJHL) Montreal Canadiens
Prior to 1969, the NHL Draft was a shorter affair. 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.

NHL 1969-presentEdit

Year Player Position Amateur Club Pro Team
1969 Flag of Canada.svg Rejean Houle Forward Montreal (OHA) Montreal Canadiens
1970 Flag of Canada.svg Gilbert Perreault Forward Montreal (OHA) Buffalo Sabres
1971 Flag of Canada.svg Guy Lafleur Forward Quebec (QMJHL) Montreal Canadiens
1972 Flag of Canada.svg Billy Harris Forward Peterborough (OHA) New York Islanders
1973 Flag of Canada.svg Denis Potvin Defenceman Ottawa (OHA) New York Islanders
1974 Flag of Canada.svg Greg Joly Defenceman Regina (WCHL) Washington Capitals
1975 Flag of Canada.svg Mel Bridgman Forward Victoria (WCHL) Philadelphia Flyers
1976 Flag of Canada.svg Rick Green Defenceman London (OHA) Washington Capitals
1977 Flag of Canada.svg Dale McCourt Forward Hamilton (OHA) Detroit Red Wings
1978 Flag of Canada.svg Bobby Smith Forward Ottawa (OHA) Minnesota North Stars
1979 Flag of Canada.svg Rob Ramage Defenceman London (OHA) Colorado Rockies
1980 Flag of Canada.svg Doug Wickenheiser Forward Regina (WHL) Montreal Canadiens
1981 Flag of Canada.svg Dale Hawerchuk Forward Cornwall (QMJHL) Winnipeg Jets
1982 Flag of Canada.svg Gord Kluzak Defenceman Billings (WHL) Boston Bruins
1983 Flag of the United States Brian Lawton Forward Mount St. Charles Academy Minnesota North Stars
1984 Flag of Canada.svg Mario Lemieux Forward Laval (QMJHL) Pittsburgh Penguins
1985 Flag of Canada.svg Wendel Clark Forward Saskatoon (WHL) Toronto Maple Leafs
1986 Flag of Canada.svg Joe Murphy Forward Michigan State Detroit Red Wings
1987 Flag of Canada.svg Pierre Turgeon Forward Granby (QMJHL) Buffalo Sabres
1988 Flag of the United States Mike Modano Forward Prince Albert (WHL) Minnesota North Stars
1989 Flag of Sweden Mats Sundin Forward Djurgårdens IF Quebec Nordiques
1990 Flag of Canada.svg Owen Nolan Forward Cornwall (OHL) Quebec Nordiques
1991 Flag of Canada.svg Eric Lindros Forward Oshawa (OHL) Quebec Nordiques
1992 Flag of the Czech Republic Roman Hamrlik Defenceman HC Zlín Tampa Bay Lightning
1993 Flag of Canada.svg Alexandre Daigle Forward Victoriaville (QMJHL) Ottawa Senators
1994 Flag of Canada.svg Ed Jovanovski Defenceman Windsor (OHL) Florida Panthers
1995 Flag of the United States Bryan Berard Defenceman Detroit (OHL) Ottawa Senators
1996 Flag of Canada.svg Chris Phillips Defenceman Prince Albert (WHL) Ottawa Senators
1997 Flag of Canada.svg Joe Thornton Forward Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) Boston Bruins
1998 Flag of Canada.svg Vincent Lecavalier Forward Rimouski (QMJHL) Tampa Bay Lightning
1999 Flag of the Czech Republic Patrik Stefan Forward Long Beach (IHL) Atlanta Thrashers
2000 Flag of the United States Rick DiPietro Goaltender Boston University New York Islanders
2001 Flag of Russia Ilya Kovalchuk Forward Spartak Moscow Atlanta Thrashers
2002 Flag of Canada.svg Rick Nash Forward London (OHL) Columbus Blue Jackets
2003 Flag of Canada.svg Marc-Andre Fleury Goaltender Cape Breton (QMJHL) Pittsburgh Penguins
2004 Flag of Russia Alexander Ovechkin Forward Dynamo Moscow Washington Capitals
2005 Flag of Canada.svg Sidney Crosby Forward Rimouski (QMJHL) Pittsburgh Penguins
2006 Flag of the United States Erik Johnson Defenceman USNDP St. Louis Blues
2007 Flag of the United States Patrick Kane Forward London (OHL) Chicago Blackhawks

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