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The NHL Entry Draft is an annual meeting in which every franchise of the National Hockey League (NHL) systematically select the rights to available amateur ice hockey players who meet the eligibility requirements to play professional hockey in the NHL. The NHL Entry Draft is held once every year, generally within two to three months after the conclusion of the previous season. During the draft, teams take turns selecting amateur players from junior, collegiate, or European leagues.

The first draft was held in 1963, and has been held every year since. The NHL Entry Draft was known as the "NHL Amateur Draft" up until 1979. The entry draft has only been a public event since 1980, and a televised event since 1984.[1] The first pick of the draft goes to the team that wins the NHL Draft Lottery, held prior to the event. The draft lottery also places the order for picks two through fourteen. The remaining draft picks are ordered at the conclusion of the Stanley Cup playoffs.[2][3]

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History

The first NHL Entry Draft (then known as the "NHL Amateur Draft") was held on June 5, 1963 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec.[1] Any amateur player that was 17 years of age or older who 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. In 1979, the rules were again changed allowing players who had previously played professionally to be drafted. This rule change was made to facilitate the absorption of players from the defunct World Hockey Association. Consequently, the name of the draft was changed from "NHL Amateur Draft" to "NHL Entry Draft". Beginning in 1980, any player who is between the ages of 18 and 20 is eligible to be drafted. In addition, any non-North American player over the age of 20 can be selected. From 1987 through 1991, 18 and 19-year-old players could only be drafted in the first three rounds unless they met another criterion of experience which required them to have played in major junior, U.S. college and high school, or European hockey.[1][4]

In 1980, the Entry Draft became a public event, and was held at the Montreal Forum. Prior to that year the Entry Draft was conducted in Montreal hotels or league offices and was closed to the general public.[1] The first draft outside of Montreal was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario, in 1985.[5] Live television coverage of the draft began in 1984 when the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation covered the event in both English and French for Canadian audiences. SportsChannel America began covering the event in the United States in 1989.[1]

Selection order and Draft lottery

The selection order in the Entry Draft is determined by a combination of lottery, regular season standing, and playoff results. However, teams are permitted to trade draft picks. In all cases, the team considered is the original holder of the draft pick, not a team which may have acquired the pick via a trade or other means.[2][3]

At the conclusion of the regular season, the 14 NHL teams not qualifying for the playoffs are entered in a weighted lottery to determine the initial draft picks in each round, seeded according to regular season standing. The 30th-place team has a 25% chance of winning the lottery, with odds diminishing to a 0.5% chance for the 17th-place team. A single selection from the lottery pool is made, with the winning team eligible to improve its draft order by up to four places, and no team eligible to drop more than one place. Therefore, only the 26th through 30th place teams are eligible to receive the first draft pick.[6][7] Consequently, the 30th place team's chance of retaining the first overall pick improves to 48.2%.[2]

The remaining order is determined by the Stanley Cup playoff results.[7] Whichever team wins the Stanley Cup is awarded the 30th and last pick, while the runner-up is given the 29th pick. The teams eliminated in the conference finals are awarded the 28th and 27th picks, with the 28th pick going to the team with the better regular season record. Remaining division winners, then wildcard teams are ranked next, filling in the 26th through 15th picks. In both cases, better records result in later picks.[3]

List of NHL Entry Drafts

Draft Arena City Date Total drafted #1 pick
1963 Queen Elizabeth Hotel Montreal, Quebec 01963-06-05 June 5, 1963 21 Monahan, GarryGarry Monahan (Montreal Canadiens)
1964 Queen Elizabeth Hotel Montreal, Quebec 01964-06-11 June 11, 1964 24 Gauthier, ClaudeClaude Gauthier (Detroit Red Wings)
1965 Queen Elizabeth Hotel Montreal, Quebec 01965-04-27 April 27, 1965 11 Veilleux, AndreAndre Veilleux (New York Rangers)
1966 Queen Elizabeth Hotel Montreal, Quebec 01966-04-25 April 25, 1966 24 Gibbs, BarryBarry Gibbs (Boston Bruins)
1967 Queen Elizabeth Hotel Montreal, Quebec 01967-07-07 July 7, 1967 18 Pagnutti, RickRick Pagnutti (Los Angeles Kings)
1968 Queen Elizabeth Hotel Montreal, Quebec 01968-06-13 June 13, 1968 24 Plasse, MichelMichel Plasse (Montreal Canadiens)
1969 Queen Elizabeth Hotel Montreal, Quebec 01969-06-12 June 12, 1969 84 Houle, RejeanRejean Houle (Montreal Canadiens)
1970 Queen Elizabeth Hotel Montreal, Quebec 01970-06-11 June 11, 1970 115 Perreault, GilbertGilbert Perreault (Buffalo Sabres)
1971 Queen Elizabeth Hotel Montreal, Quebec 01971-06-10 June 10, 1971 117 Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur (Montreal Canadiens)
1972 Queen Elizabeth Hotel Montreal, Quebec 01972-06-08 June 8, 1972 152 Harris, BillyBilly Harris (New York Islanders)
1973 Mount Royal Hotel Montreal, Quebec 01973-05-15 May 15, 1973 168 Potvin, DenisDenis Potvin (New York Islanders)
1974 NHL Montreal Office Montreal, Quebec 01974-05-28 May 28, 1974 247 Joly, GregGreg Joly (Washington Capitals)
1975 NHL Montreal Office Montreal, Quebec 01975-06-03 June 3, 1975 217 Bridgman, MelMel Bridgman (Philadelphia Flyers)
1976 NHL Montreal Office Montreal, Quebec 01976-06-01 June 1, 1976 135 Green, RickRick Green (Washington Capitals)
1977 NHL Montreal Office Montreal, Quebec 01977-06-14 June 14, 1977 185 McCourt, DaleDale McCourt (Detroit Red Wings)
1978 Queen Elizabeth Hotel Montreal, Quebec 01978-06-15 June 15, 1978 234 Smith, BobbyBobby Smith (Minnesota North Stars)
1979 Queen Elizabeth Hotel Montreal, Quebec 01979-08-09 August 9, 1979 126 Ramage, RobRob Ramage (Colorado Rockies)
1980 Montreal Forum Montreal, Quebec 01980-06-11 June 11, 1980 210 Wickenheiser, DougDoug Wickenheiser (Montreal Canadiens)
1981 Montreal Forum Montreal, Quebec 01981-06-10 June 10, 1981 211 Hawerchuk, DaleDale Hawerchuk (Winnipeg Jets)
1982 Montreal Forum Montreal, Quebec 01982-06-09 June 9, 1982 252 Kluzak, GordGord Kluzak (Boston Bruins)
1983 Montreal Forum Montreal, Quebec 01983-06-08 June 8, 1983 242 Lawton, BrianBrian Lawton (Minnesota North Stars)
1984 Montreal Forum Montreal, Quebec 01984-06-09 June 9, 1984 250 Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)
1985 Toronto Convention Centre Toronto, Ontario 01985-06-15 June 15, 1985 252 Clark, WendelWendel Clark (Toronto Maple Leafs)
1986 Montreal Forum Montreal, Quebec 01986-06-21 June 21, 1986 252 Murphy, JoeJoe Murphy (Detroit Red Wings)
1987 Joe Louis Arena Detroit, Michigan 01987-06-13 June 13, 1987 252 Turgeon, PierrePierre Turgeon (Buffalo Sabres)
1988 Montreal Forum Montreal, Quebec 01988-06-11 June 11, 1988 252 Modano, MikeMike Modano (Minnesota North Stars)
1989 Metropolitan Sports Center Bloomington, Minnesota 01989-06-17 June 17, 1989 252 Sundin, MatsMats Sundin (Quebec Nordiques)
1990 B.C. Place Vancouver, British Columbia 01990-06-16 June 16, 1990 250 Nolan, OwenOwen Nolan (Quebec Nordiques)
1991 Buffalo Memorial Auditorium Buffalo, New York 01991-06-22 June 22, 1991 264 Lindros, EricEric Lindros (Quebec Nordiques)
1992 Montreal Forum Montreal, Quebec 01992-06-20 June 20, 1992 264 Hamrlik, RomanRoman Hamrlik (Tampa Bay Lightning)
1993 Colisee de Quebec Quebec City, Quebec 01993-06-26 June 26, 1993 and 01993-06-27 June 27, 1993 286 Daigle, AlexandreAlexandre Daigle (Ottawa Senators)
1994 Hartford Civic Center Hartford, Connecticut 01994-06-28 June 28, 1994 286 Jovanovski, EdEd Jovanovski (Florida Panthers)
1995 Edmonton Coliseum Edmonton, Alberta 01995-06-28 June 28, 1995 234 Berard, BryanBryan Berard (Ottawa Senators)
1996 Kiel Center St. Louis, Missouri 01996-06-22 June 22, 1996 241 Phillips, ChrisChris Phillips (Ottawa Senators)
1997 Civic Arena Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 01997-06-21 June 21, 1997 246 Thornton, JoeJoe Thornton (Boston Bruins)
1998 Marine Midland Arena Buffalo, New York 01998-06-27 June 27, 1998 258 Lecavalier, VincentVincent Lecavalier (Tampa Bay Lightning)
1999 FleetCenter Boston, Massachusetts 01999-06-26 June 26, 1999 272 Stefan, PatrikPatrik Stefan (Atlanta Thrashers)
2000 Canadian Airlines Saddledome Calgary, Alberta 02000-06-24 June 24, 2000 and 02000-06-25 June 25, 2000 293 DiPietro, RickRick DiPietro (New York Islanders)
2001 National Car Rental Center Sunrise, Florida 02001-06-23 June 23, 2001 and 02001-06-24 June 24, 2001 289 Kovalchuk, IlyaIlya Kovalchuk (Atlanta Thrashers)
2002 Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 02002-06-22 June 22, 2002 and 02002-06-23 June 23, 2002 290 Nash, RickRick Nash (Columbus Blue Jackets)
2003 Gaylord Entertainment Center Nashville, Tennessee 02003-06-21 June 21, 2003 and 02003-06-22 June 22, 2003 292 Fleury, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Fleury (Pittsburgh Penguins)
2004 RBC Center North Carolina 02004-06-26 June 26, 2004 and 02004-06-27 June 27, 2004 291 Ovechkin, AlexAlex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
2005 Sheraton Hotel and Towers Ottawa, Ontario 02005-07-30 July 30, 2005 230 Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
2006 General Motors Place Vancouver, British Columbia 02006-06-24 June 24, 2006 213 Johnson, ErikErik Johnson (St. Louis Blues)
2007 Nationwide Arena Columbus, Ohio 02007-06-22 June 22, 2007 and 02007-06-23 June 23, 2007 211 Kane, PatrickPatrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)
2008 Scotiabank Place Ottawa, Ontario 02008-06-20 June 20, 2008 and 02008-06-21 June 21, 2008 211 Stamkos, StevenSteven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning)
2009 Bell Centre Montreal, Quebec 02009-06-26 June 26, 2009 and 02009-06-27 June 27, 2009 211 Tavares, JohnJohn Tavares (New York Islanders)
2010 Staples Center Los Angeles, California 02010-06-25 June 25, 2010 and 02010-06-26 June 26, 2010 TBD Be Determined , ToTo Be Determined

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