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John Tavares, the first player taken in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

The NHL Entry Draft, originally known as the NHL Amateur Draft, is a collective meeting in which the franchises of the National Hockey League (NHL) systematically select the rights to available amateur players who meet the eligibility requirements to play professional hockey in the NHL. First held in 1963, the draft prior to 1969 was a shorter affair. Any amateur player who 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 between the ages of 17 and 20 was eligible to be drafted.[1] The draft has grown and in 2009 211 players were selected over seven rounds.[2]

A total of 48 different players have been selected first. Of those, all but 11 have been Canadian in nationality. The Montreal Canadiens have had the most first overall picks of any other team, selecting five players first between 1963 and 1980. Five players have come from the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, more than any other team. Eight players have won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year, and five have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

First overall choices Edit

 ^  Calder Memorial Trophy winner
 *  Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame
 #  Calder Memorial Trophy winner and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame
 ¤  Never played a game in the National Hockey League[3]
Draft Selected by Player Nat. Position Amateur/junior/former club League
1963 Montreal Canadiens Monahan, GarryGarry Monahan Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward St. Michael's Juveniles  —
1964 Detroit Red Wings Gauthier, ClaudeClaude Gauthier Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Comite des jeunes (Rosemont)
1965 New York Rangers Veilleux, AndreAndre Veilleux Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Montreal Jr. B
1966 Boston Bruins Gibbs, BarryBarry Gibbs Flag of Canada.svg Canada Defenceman Estevan Bruins SJHL
1967 Los Angeles Kings Pagnutti, RickRick Pagnutti Flag of Canada.svg Canada Defenceman Garson Native Sons NOHA
1968 Montreal Canadiens Plasse, MichelMichel Plasse Flag of Canada.svg Canada Goaltender Drummondville Rangers QMJHL
1969 Montreal Canadiens Houle, RejeanRejean Houle Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Montreal Junior Canadiens OHA
1970 Buffalo Sabres Perreault, GilbertGilbert Perreault Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Montreal Junior Canadiens OHA
1971 Montreal Canadiens Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Quebec Remparts QMJHL
1972 New York Islanders Harris, BillyBilly Harris Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Peterborough Petes OHA
1973 New York Islanders Potvin, DenisDenis Potvin Flag of Canada.svg Canada Defenceman Ottawa 67's OHA
1974 Washington Capitals Joly, GregGreg Joly Flag of Canada.svg Canada Defenceman Regina Pats WCHL
1975 Philadelphia Flyers Bridgman, MelMel Bridgman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Victoria Cougars WCHL
1976 Washington Capitals Green, RickRick Green Flag of Canada.svg Canada Defenceman London Knights OHA
1977 Detroit Red Wings McCourt, DaleDale McCourt Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Hamilton Fincups OHA
1978 Minnesota North Stars Smith, BobbyBobby Smith Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Ottawa 67's OHA
1979 Colorado Rockies Ramage, RobRob Ramage Flag of Canada.svg Canada Defenceman London Knights OHA
1980 Montreal Canadiens Wickenheiser, DougDoug Wickenheiser Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Regina Pats WHL
1981 Winnipeg Jets Hawerchuk, DaleDale Hawerchuk Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Cornwall Royals QMJHL
1982 Boston Bruins Kluzak, GordGord Kluzak Flag of Canada.svg Canada Defenceman Billings Bighorns WHL
1983 Minnesota North Stars Lawton, BrianBrian Lawton Flag of the United States USA Forward Mount Saint Charles Academy
1984 Pittsburgh Penguins Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Laval Voisins QMJHL
1985 Toronto Maple Leafs Clark, WendelWendel Clark Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Saskatoon Blades WHL
1986 Detroit Red Wings Murphy, JoeJoe Murphy Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Michigan State CCHA
1987 Buffalo Sabres Turgeon, PierrePierre Turgeon Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Granby Bisons QMJHL
1988 Minnesota North Stars Modano, MikeMike Modano Flag of the United States USA Forward Prince Albert Raiders WHL
1989 Quebec Nordiques Sundin, MatsMats Sundin Flag of Sweden Sweden Forward Nacka HK Sweden-2
1990 Quebec Nordiques Nolan, OwenOwen Nolan Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Cornwall Royals OHL
1991 Quebec Nordiques Lindros, EricEric Lindros Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Oshawa Generals OHL
1992 Tampa Bay Lightning Hamrlik, RomanRoman Hamrlik Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Defenceman HC Zlin Czechoslovakia
1993 Ottawa Senators Daigle, AlexandreAlexandre Daigle Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL
1994 Florida Panthers Jovanovski, EdEd Jovanovski Flag of Canada.svg Canada Defenceman Windsor Spitfires OHL
1995 Ottawa Senators Berard, BryanBryan Berard Flag of the United States USA Defenceman Detroit Junior Red Wings OHL
1996 Ottawa Senators Phillips, ChrisChris Phillips Flag of Canada.svg Canada Defenceman Prince Albert Raiders WHL
1997 Boston Bruins Thornton, JoeJoe Thornton Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL
1998 Tampa Bay Lightning Lecavalier, VincentVincent Lecavalier Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Rimouski Océanic QMJHL
1999 Atlanta Thrashers Stefan, PatrikPatrik Stefan Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Forward Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL
2000 New York Islanders DiPietro, RickRick DiPietro Flag of the United States USA Goaltender Boston University Hockey East
2001 Atlanta Thrashers Kovalchuk, IlyaIlya Kovalchuk Flag of Russia Russia Forward Spartak Moscow Russia
2002 Columbus Blue Jackets Nash, RickRick Nash Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward London Knights OHL
2003 Pittsburgh Penguins Fleury, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Fleury Flag of Canada.svg Canada Goaltender Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL
2004 Washington Capitals Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin Flag of Russia Russia Forward Dynamo Moscow Russia
2005 Pittsburgh Penguins Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Rimouski Océanic QMJHL
2006 St. Louis Blues Johnson, ErikErik Johnson Flag of the United States USA Defenceman United States NTDP
2007 Chicago Blackhawks Kane, PatrickPatrick Kane Flag of the United States USA Forward London Knights OHL
2008 Tampa Bay Lightning Stamkos, StevenSteven Stamkos Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Sarnia Sting OHL
2009 New York Islanders Tavares, JohnJohn Tavares Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward London Knights OHL
2010 Edmonton Oilers Hall, TaylorTaylor Hall Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Windsor Spitfires OHL

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