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1979 NHL Draft
General Information
Date(s) August 9, 1979
Location Montreal, Quebec, Canada
First selection Rob Ramage
NHL Entry Draft
 < 1978 1980 > 

The 1979 NHL Entry Draft took place on August 9, 1979, at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec. This draft is generally considered one of the best draft classes in NHL Entry Draft history as it produced future hall-of-famers Mike Gartner, Ray Bourque and Michel Goulet in the first round alone. Hall-of-famers Mark Messier and Glenn Anderson would be drafted in later rounds. 19 of the 21 players selected in the first round would play at least 450 career NHL games, and all 21 had NHL careers of at least 235 games.

The most likely reason for the draft's rich harvest was because the minimum draft age was lowered by one year, causing two years' worth of draft picks to go in the same draft.

Contents

Selections by round

Below are listed the selections in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.

= NHL All-Star [1] = Hall of Famers
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Round one

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
1 Rob Ramage Defence  Canada Colorado Rockies Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
2 Perry Turnbull Left Wing  Canada St. Louis Blues Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
3 Mike Foligno Right Wing  Canada Detroit Red Wings Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
4 Mike Gartner Right Wing  Canada Washington Capitals Cincinnati Stingers (WHA)
5 Rick Vaive Right Wing  Canada Vancouver Canucks Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
6 Craig Hartsburg Defence  Canada Minnesota North Stars Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
7 Keith Brown Defence  Canada Chicago Black Hawks Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
8 Raymond Bourque Defence  Canada Boston Bruins (from Los Angeles) Verdun Éperviers (QMJHL)
9 Laurie Boschman Centre  Canada Toronto Maple Leafs Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
10 Tom McCarthy Left Wing  Canada Minnesota North Stars (from Pittsburgh via Washington) Oshawa Generals (OHL)
11 Mike Ramsey Defence  United States Buffalo Sabres Minnesota (WCHA)
12 Paul Reinhart Defence  Canada Atlanta Flames Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
13 Doug Sulliman Lefttwing  Canada New York Rangers Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
14 Brian Propp Left Wing  Canada Philadelphia Flyers Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
15 Brad McCrimmon Defence  Canada Boston Bruins Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
16 Jay Wells Defence  Canada Los Angeles Kings (from Montreal) Kingston Canadians (OHL)
17 Duane Sutter Right Wing  Canada New York Islanders Lethbridge Broncos (WHL)
18 Ray Allison Right Wing  Canada Hartford Whalers Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
19 Jimmy Mann Right Wing  Canada Winnipeg Jets Sherbrooke Castors (QMJHL)
20 Michel Goulet Left Wing  Canada Quebec Nordiques Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
21 Kevin Lowe Defence  Canada Edmonton Oilers Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
Reference: "1979 NHL Entry Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". http://www.hockeydraftcentral.com/1979/79main.htm. Retrieved 10 January 2009. 

Notes

1.* The Los Angeles Kings' first round pick went to the Boston Bruins as the result of a trade on October 9, 1978 that sent Ron Grahame to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for this pick.

2.* The Pittsburgh Penguins' first round pick went to the Minnesota North Stars as the result of a trade on October 18, 1978 that sent Dennis Maruk to the Washington Capitals in exchange for this pick.
Washington had acquired the pick previously as the result of a trade on October 17, 1977 that sent Hartland Monahan to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for this pick.

3.* The Montreal Canadiens' first round pick went to the Los Angeles Kings as the result of to a trade on October 5, 1978 that sent the first round pick in 1981 to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Murray Wilson and this pick.

Round two

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
22 Blake Wesley Defence  Canada Philadelphia Flyers (from Colorado) Portland (WHL)
23 Mike Perovich Defence  Canada Atlanta Flames (from St. Louis) Brandon (WHL)
24 Errol Rausse Left Wing  Canada Washington Capitals (from Detroit) Seattle (WHL)
25 Tomas Jonsson Defence  Sweden New York Islanders (from Washington) Ornskoldsvik (Sweden)
26 Brent Ashton Left Wing  Canada Vancouver Canucks Saskatoon (WHL)
27 Gaston Gingras Defence  Canada Montreal Canadiens (from Minnesota) Birmingham (WHA)
28 Tim Trimper Left Wing  Canada Chicago Blackhawks Peterborough (OMJHL)
29 Dean Hopkins Right Wing  Canada Los Angeles Kings London (OMJHL)
30 Mark Hardy Defence  Canada Los Angeles Kings (from Toronto) Montreal (QMJHL)
31 Paul Marshall Left Wing  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Brantford (OMJHL)
32 Lindy Ruff Defence  Canada Buffalo Sabres Lethbridge (WHL)
33 Pat Riggin Goaltender  Canada Atlanta Flames Birmingham (WHA)
34 Ed Hospodar Defence  United States New York Rangers Ottawa (OMJHL)
35 Pelle Lindbergh Goaltender  Sweden Philadelphia Flyers Solna (Sweden)
36 Doug Morrison Right Wing  Canada Boston Bruins Lethbridge (WHL)
37 Mats Naslund Left Wing  Sweden Montreal Canadiens Gavel (Sweden)
38 Billy Carroll Centre  Canada New York Islanders London (OMJHL)
39 Stu Smith Defence  Canada Hartford Whalers Peterborough (OMJHL)
40 Dave Christian Centre  United States Winnipeg Jets North Dakota (WCHA)
41 Dale Hunter Centre  Canada Quebec Nordiques Sudbury (OMJHL)
42 Neal Broten Centre  United States Minnesota North Stars (from Edmonton) Minnesota (WCHA)
Reference: "1979 NHL Entry Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". http://www.hockeydraftcentral.com/1979/79rnd2.htm. Retrieved 10 January 2009. 

Notes

1.* The Colorado Rockies' second round pick went to the Philadelphia Flyers as the result of a trade on June 15, 1978 that sent the second round pick in 1978 to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for this pick.

2.* The St. Louis Blues' second round pick went to the Atlanta Flames as the result of a trade on December 12, 1977 that sent Curt Bennett, Phil Myre, and Barry Gibbs to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Yves Belanger, Dick Redmond, Bob MacMillan and this pick.

3.* The Detroit Red Wings' second round pick went to the Washington Capitals as the result of a trade on August 17, 1977 that sent Ron Low, the 46th overall pick to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Walt McKechnie, the third round pick in 1978 and this pick.

4.* The Washington Capitals' second round pick went to the New York Islanders as the result of a trade on October 19, 1978 that sent Michel Bergeron to the Washington Capitals in exchange for this pick.

5.* The Minnesota North Stars' second round pick went to the Montreal Canadiens as the result of a trade on August 9, 1979 that sent Bill Nyrop to the Minnesota North Stars in exchange for the second round pick in 1980 (changed to the second round pick in 1982 on June 11, 1980) and this pick.

6.* The Toronto Maple Leafs' second round pick went to the Los Angeles Kings as the result of a trade on June 14, 1978 that sent Dave Hutchison and Lorne Stamler to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Brian Glennie, Kurt Walker, Scott Garland and this pick.

7.* The Edmonton Oilers' second round pick went to the Minnesota North Stars as the result of a trade on August 9, 1979 that sent Dave Semenko and the 48th overall pick to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for the 63rd overall pick and this pick.

Round three

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
43 Craig Levie Defence  Canada Montreal Canadiens (from Colorado) Edmonton (WHL)
44 Guy Carbonneau Centre  Canada Montreal Canadiens (from St. Louis) Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
45 Jody Gage Right Wing  Canada Detroit Red Wings Kitchener (OMJHL)
46 Boris Fistric Defence  Canada Detroit Red Wings (from Washington) New Westminster (WHL)
47 Ken Ellacott Goaltender  Canada Vancouver Canucks Peterborough (OMJHL)
48 Mark Messier Left Wing  Canada Edmonton Oilers (from Minnesota) Cincinnati (WHA)
49 Bill Gardner Centre  Canada Chicago Blackhawks Peterborough (OMJHL)
50 John-Paul Kelly Left Wing  Canada Los Angeles Kings New Westminster (WHL)
51 Norm Aubin Centre  Canada Toronto Maple Leafs Verdun (QMJHL)
52 Bennett Wolf Defence  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Kitchener (OMJHL)
53 Mark Robinson Defence  Canada Buffalo Sabres Victoria (WHL)
54 Tim Hunter Defence  Canada Atlanta Flames Seattle (WHL)
55 Jacques Cloutier Goaltender  Canada Buffalo Sabres (from New York Rangers) Trois-Rivieres (QMJHL)
56 Lindsay Carson Left Wing  Canada Philadelphia Flyers Billings (WHL)
57 Keith Crowder Right Wing  Canada Boston Bruins Peterborough (OMJHL)
58 Rick Wamsley Goaltender  Canada Montreal Canadiens Brantford (OMJHL)
59 Rollie Melanson Goaltender  Canada New York Islanders Windsor (OMJHL)
60 Don Nachbaur Centre  Canada Hartford Whalers Billings (WHL)
61 Bill Whelton Defence  United States Winnipeg Jets Boston University (ECAC)
62 Lee Norwood Defence  United States Quebec Nordiques Oshawa (OMJHL)
63 Kevin Maxwell Centre  Canada Minnesota North Stars (from Edmonton) North Dakota (WCHA)
Reference: "1979 NHL Entry Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". http://www.hockeydraftcentral.com/1979/79rnd3.htm. Retrieved 10 January 2009. 

Notes

1.* The Colorado Rockies' third round pick went to the Montreal Canadiens as the result of a trade on November 24, 1976 that sent John Van Boxmeer to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for this pick.

2.* The St. Louis Blues' third round pick went to the Montreal Canadiens as the result of a trade on August 18, 1977 that sent Jimmy Roberts to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for this pick.

3.* The Washington Capitals' third round pick went to the Detroit Red Wings as the result of a trade on August 17, 1977 that sent Walt McKechnie, the third round pick in 1978 and the 24th overall pick to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Ron Low and this pick.

4.* The Minnesota North Stars' third round pick went to the Edmonton Oilers as the result of a trade on August 9, 1979 that sent the 42nd overall pick and the 63rd overall pick to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Dave Semenko and this pick.

5.* The New York Rangers' third round pick went to the Buffalo Sabres as the result of a trade on March 12, 1979 that sent Jocelyn Guevremont to the New York Rangers in exchange for the third round pick in 1980 and this pick.

6.* The Edmonton Oilers' third round pick went to the Minnesota North Stars as the result of a trade on August 9, 1979 that sent Dave Semenko and the 48th overall pick to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for the 42nd overall pick and this pick.

Round four

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
64 Steve Peters Centre  Canada Colorado Rockies Oshawa (OMJHL)
65 Bob Crawford Right Wing  Canada St. Louis Blues Cornwall (QMJHL)
66 John Ogrodnick Right Wing  Canada Detroit Red Wings New Westminster (WHL)
67 Harvie Pocza Left Wing  Canada Washington Capitals Billings (WHL)
68 Arthur Rutland Centre  Canada Vancouver Canucks Sault Ste. Marie (OMJHL)
69 Glenn Anderson Right Wing  Canada Edmonton Oilers (from Minnesota) Denver (WCHA)
70 Louis Begin Left Wing  Canada Chicago Blackhawks Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
71 John Gibson Defence  Canada Los Angeles Kings Niagara Falls (OMJHL)
72 Vincent Tremblay Goaltender  Canada Toronto Maple Leafs Quebec (QMJHL)
73 Brian Cross Defence  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Brantford (OMJHL)
74 Gilles Hamel Left Wing  Canada Buffalo Sabres Laval (QMJHL)
75 Jim Peplinski Right Wing  Canada Atlanta Flames Toronto (OMJHL)
76 Pat Conacher Centre  Canada New York Rangers Saskatoon (WHL)
77 Don Gillen Right Wing  Canada Philadelphia Flyers Brandon (WHL)
78 Larry Melnyk Defence  Canada Boston Bruins New Westminster (WHL)
79 Dave Orleski Left Wing  Canada Montreal Canadiens New Westminster (WHL)
80 Tim Lockridge Defence  Canada New York Islanders Brandon (WHL)
81 Ray Neufeld Right Wing  Canada Hartford Whalers Edmonton (WHL)
82 Pat Daley Left Wing  France Winnipeg Jets Montreal (QMJHL)
83 Anton Stastny Left Wing  Czechoslovakia Quebec Nordiques Bratislava (Czechoslovakia)
84 Maxwell Kostovich Left Wing  Canada Edmonton Oilers Portland (WHL)
Reference: "1979 NHL Entry Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". http://www.hockeydraftcentral.com/1979/79rnd4.htm. Retrieved 10 January 2009. 

Notes

1.* The Minnesota North Stars' fourth round pick went to the Edmonton Oilers as the result of a trade on June 9, 1979 that the Edmonton Oilers promised to not make Paul Shmyr one of its priority selections in the 1979 NHL Expansion Draft in exchange for this pick.

Round five

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
85 Gary Dillon Centre  Canada Colorado Rockies Toronto (OMJHL)
86 Mark Reeds Right Wing  Canada St. Louis Blues Peterborough (OMJHL)
87 Joe Paterson Left Wing  Canada Detroit Red Wings London (OMJHL)
88 Tim Tookey Centre  Canada Washington Capitals Portland (WHL)
89 Dirk Graham Right Wing  Canada Vancouver Canucks Regina (WHL)
90 Jim Dobson Right Wing  Canada Minnesota North Stars Portland (WHL)
91 Lowell Loveday Defence  Canada Chicago Blackhawks Kingston (OMJHL)
92 Jim Brown Defence  United States Los Angeles Kings Notre Dame (WCHA)
93 Frank Nigro Centre  Canada Toronto Maple Leafs London (OMJHL)
94 Nick Ricci Goaltender  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Niagara Falls (OMJHL)
95 Alan Haworth Centre  Canada Buffalo Sabres Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
96 Brad Kempthorne Centre  Canada Atlanta Flames Brandon (WHL)
97 Dan Makuch Right Wing  Canada New York Rangers Clarkson (ECAC)
98 Thomas Eriksson Defence  Sweden Philadelphia Flyers Stockholm (Sweden)
99 Marco Baron Goaltender  Canada Boston Bruins Montreal (QMJHL)
100 Yvan Joly Right Wing  Canada Montreal Canadiens Ottawa (OMJHL)
101 Glenn Duncan Left Wing  Canada New York Islanders Toronto (OMJHL)
102 Mark Renaud Defence  Canada Hartford Whalers Niagara Falls (OMJHL)
103 Thomas Steen Centre  Sweden Winnipeg Jets Leksand (Sweden)
104 Pierre Lacroix Defence  Canada Quebec Nordiques Trois-Rivieres (QMJHL)
105 Mike Toal Centre  Canada Edmonton Oilers Portland (WHL)
Reference: "1979 NHL Entry Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". http://www.hockeydraftcentral.com/1979/79rnd5.htm. Retrieved 10 January 2009. 

Round Six

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
106 Bob Attwell Right Wing  United States Colorado Rockies Peterborough (OMJHL)
107 Gilles Leduc Left Wing  Canada St. Louis Blues Verdun (QMJHL)
108 Carmine Cirella Left Wing  Canada Detroit Red Wings Peterborough (OMJHL)
109 Greg Theberge Defence  Canada Washington Capitals Peterborough (OMJHL)
110 Shane Swan Defence  Canada Vancouver Canucks Sudbury (OMJHL)
111 Brian Gualazzi Right Wing  Canada Minnesota North Stars Sault Ste. Marie (OMJHL)
112 Doug Crossman Defence  Canada Chicago Blackhawks Ottawa (OMJHL)
113 Jay MacFarlane Defence  Canada Los Angeles Kings Wisconsin (WCHA)
114 Bill McCreary Right Wing  United States Toronto Maple Leafs Colgate (ECAC)
115 Marc Chorney Defence  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins North Dakota (WCHA)
116 Rick Knickle Goaltender  Canada Buffalo Sabres Brandon (WHL)
117 Glenn Johnson Centre  Canada Atlanta Flames Denver (WCHA)
118 Stan Adams Centre  Canada New York Rangers Niagara Falls (OMJHL)
119 Gord Williams Right Wing  Canada Philadelphia Flyers Lethbridge (WHL)
120 Mike Krushelnyski Centre  Canada Boston Bruins Montreal (QMJHL)
121 Greg Moffett Goaltender  United States Montreal Canadiens New Hampshire (ECAC)
122 John Gibb Defence  Canada New York Islanders Bowling Green (CCHA)
123 Dave McDonald Left Wing  Canada Hartford Whalers Brandon (WHL)
124 Tim Watters Defence  Canada Winnipeg Jets Michigan Tech (WCHA)
125 Scott McGeown Defence  Canada Quebec Nordiques Toronto (OMJHL)
126 Blair Barnes Right Wing  Canada Edmonton Oilers Windsor (OMJHL)
Reference: "1979 NHL Entry Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". http://www.hockeydraftcentral.com/1979/79rnd6.htm. Retrieved 10 January 2009. 
= NHL All-Star [1] = Hall of Famers

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Players are identified as an All-Star if they were selected for the All-Star game at any time in their career.

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