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1981 NHL Entry Draft

1981 NHL Entry Draft Round 1
NHL Totals
Round Pick Overall Team From Player GP G A PTS S% GAA
1 1 1 Dale Hawerchuk
1 2 2 Doug Smith
1 3 3 Bobby Carpenter
1 4 4 Ron Francis
1 5 5 Joe Cirella
1 6 6 Jim Benning
1 7 7 Mark Hunter
1 8 8 Grant Fuhr
1 9 9 James Patrick
1 10 10 Garth Butcher
1 11 11 Randy Moller
1 12 12 Tony Tanti
1 13 13 Ron Meighan
1 14 14 Normand Leveille
1 15 15 Al MacInnis
1 16 16 Steve Smith
1 17 17 Jiri Dudacek
1 18 18 Gilbert Delorme
1 19 19 Jan Ingman
1 20 20 Marty Ruff
1 21 21 Paul Boutilier
1981 NHL Entry Draft Round 2
NHL Totals
Round Pick Overall Team From Player GP G A PTS S% GAA
2 1 22 Scott Arniel
2 2 23 Claude Loiselle
2 3 24 Gary Yaremchuk
2 4 25 Kevin Griffin
2 5 26 Rich Chernomaz
2 6 27 Dave Donnelly
2 7 28 Steve Gatzos
2 8 29 Todd Strueby
2 9 30 Jan Erixon
2 10 31 Mike Sands
2 11 32 Lars Eriksson
2 12 33 Tom Hirsch
2 13 34 Dave Preuss
2 14 35 Luc Dufour
2 15 36 Hakan Nordin
2 16 37 Rich Costello
2 17 38 Hannu Virta
2 18 39 Dean Kennedy
2 19 40 Chris Chelios
2 20 41 Jali Wahlsten
2 21 42 Gord Dineen
1981 NHL Entry Draft Round 3
NHL Totals
Round Pick Overall Team From Player GP G A PTS S% GAA
3 1 43 Jyrki Seppa
3 2 44 Corrado Micalef
3 3 45 Eric Calder
3 4 46 Dieter Hegen
3 5 47 Barry Tabobondung
3 6 48 Uli Hiemer
3 7 49 Tom Thornbury
3 8 50 Peter Sundstrom
3 9 51 Mark Morrison
3 10 52 Jean-Marc Lanthier
3 11 53 Jean-Marc Gaulin
3 12 54 Darrell Anholt
3 13 55 Ernie Godden
3 14 56 Mike Vernon
3 15 57 Ron Handy
3 16 58 Ken Strong
3 17 59 Jim Aldred
3 18 60 Colin Chisholm
3 19 61 Paul MacDermid
3 20 62 Gord Donnelly
3 21 63 Neal Coulter
1981 NHL Entry Draft Round 4
NHL Totals
Round Pick Overall Team From Player GP G A PTS S% GAA
4 1 64 Kirk McCaskill
4 2 65 Dave Michayluk
4 3 66 Gus Greco
4 4 67 Mike Hoffman 424 143 157 300
4 5 68 Tony Kellin
4 6 69 Terry Tait
4 7 70 Norm Schmidt
4 8 71 Paul Houck
4 9 72 John Vanbiesbrouck
4 10 73 Wendell Young
4 11 74 Clint Malarchuk
4 12 75 Perry Pelensky
4 13 76 Jim Malwitz
4 14 77 Scott McLellan
4 15 78 Peter Madach
4 16 79 Ken Latta
4 17 80 Jeff Eatough
4 18 81 Marty Dallman
4 19 82 Kjell Dahlin
4 20 83 Anders Wikberg
4 21 84 Todd Lumbard
1981 NHL Entry Draft Round 5
NHL Totals
Round Pick Overall Team From Player GP G A PTS S% GAA
5 1 85 Marc Behrend
5 2 86 Larry Trader
5 3 87 Doug Speck
5 4 88 Steve Rooney
5 5 89 Mike Siltala
5 6 90 Norman Lefrancois
5 7 91 Peter Sidorkiewicz
5 8 92 Phil Drouillard
5 9 93 Bill Maguire
5 10 94 Jacques Sylvestre
5 11 95 Ed Lee
5 12 96 Doug Chessell
5 13 97 Kelly Hubbard
5 14 98 Joe Mantione
5 15 99 Mario Simioni
5 16 100 Justin Hanley
5 17 101 Mauri Eivola
5 18 102 Barry Brigley
5 19 103 Dan Bourbonnais
5 20 104 Mike Hickey
5 21 105 Moe Lemay
1981 NHL Entry Draft Round 6
NHL Totals
Round Pick Overall Team From Player GP G A PTS S% GAA
6 1 106 Bob O'Connor
6 2 107 Gerard Gallant
6 3 108 Bruce Driver
6 4 109 Paul Edwards
6 5 110 Jim McGeough
6 6 111 Steve Smith
6 7 112 Rod Buskas
6 8 113 Marc Habscheid
6 9 114 Eric Magnuson
6 10 115 Stu Kulak
6 11 116 Mike Eagles
6 12 117 Bill Schafhauser
6 13 118 Paul Guay
6 14 119 Bruce Milton
6 15 120 Todd Hooey
6 16 121 Andre Villeneuve
6 17 122 Ali Butorac
6 18 123 Brad Thompson
6 19 124 Tom Anastos
6 20 125 Peter Aslin
6 21 126 Chuck Brimmer
1981 NHL Entry Draft Round 7
NHL Totals
Round Pick Overall Team From Player GP G A PTS S% GAA
7 1 127 Petter Nilsson
7 2 128 Greg Stefan
7 3 129 Jeff Larmer
7 4 130 John Mokosak
7 5 131 Risto Jalo
7 6 132 Andrew Wright
7 7 133 Geoff Wilson
7 8 134 Craig Hurley
7 9 135 Mike Guentzel
7 10 136 Bruce Holloway
7 11 137 Vladimir Svitek
7 12 138 Marc Centrone
7 13 139 Jim Archibald
7 14 140 Mats Thelin
7 15 141 Rick Heppner
7 16 142 Gil Hudon
7 17 143 Heikki Leime
7 18 144 Peter Sawkins
7 19 145 Tom Kurvers
7 20 146 Erik Holmberg
7 21 147 Teppo Virta
1981 NHL Entry Draft Round 8
NHL Totals
Round Pick Overall Team From Player GP G A PTS S% GAA
8 1 148 Dan McFall
8 2 149 Rick Zombo
8 3 150 Tony Arima
8 4 151 Denis Dore
8 5 152 Gaetan Duchesne
8 6 153 Richard Turmel
8 7 154 Mitch Lamoureux
8 8 155 Mike Sturgeon
8 9 156 Ari Lahteenmaki
8 10 157 Petri Skriko
8 11 158 Andre Cote
8 12 159 Johan Mellstrom
8 13 160 Kari Kanervo
8 14 161 Armel Parisee
8 15 162 Dale DeGray
8 16 163 Steve Taylor
8 17 164 Gates Orlando
8 18 165 Dan Brennan
8 19 166 Paul Gess
8 20 167 Alain Vigneault
8 21 168 Bill Dowd
1981 NHL Entry Draft Round 9
NHL Totals
Round Pick Overall Team From Player GP G A PTS S% GAA
9 1 169 Greg Dick
9 2 170 Don Leblanc
9 3 171 Tim Army
9 4 172 Jeff Poeschl
9 5 173 George White
9 6 174 Greg Barber
9 7 175 Dean DeFazio
9 8 176 Miloslav Horava
9 9 177 Paul Reifenberger
9 10 178 Frank Caprice
9 11 179 Marc Brisebois
9 12 180 John Benns
9 13 181 Scott Bjugstad
9 14 182 Don Sylvestri
9 15 183 George Boudreau
9 16 184 Len Hachborn
9 17 185 Venci Sebek
9 18 186 Al Tuer
9 19 187 Scott Ferguson
9 20 188 Dan Wood
9 21 189 Scott MacLellan
1981 NHL Entry Draft Round 10
NHL Totals
Round Pick Overall Team From Player GP G A PTS S% GAA
10 1 190 Vladimir Kadlec
10 2 191 Robert Nordmark
10 3 192 John Johannson
10 4 193 Larry Power
10 5 194 Chris Valentine
10 6 195 Marc Magnan
10 7 196 Dave Hannan
10 8 197 Gord Sherven
10 9 198 Mario Proulx
10 10 199 Rejean Vignola
10 11 200 Kari Takko
10 12 201 Sylvain Roy
10 13 202 Steve Kudebeh
10 14 203 Richard Bourque
10 15 204 Bruce Eakin
10 16 205 Steve Tsujiura
10 17 206 Warren Harper
10 18 207 Jeff Baikie
10 19 208 Dan Burrows
10 20 209 Richard Zemlak
10 21 210 Dave Randerson
1981 NHL Entry Draft Round 11
NHL Totals
Round Pick Overall Team From Player GP G A PTS S% GAA
11 1 211 Dave Kirwin

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About The NHL Draft

The NHL Entry Draft is an assembly of NHL franchises, during which teams take turns selecting the rights to amateur ice hockey players. Players are selected from junior or collegiate leagues, as well as professional European league players who meet the draft requirements two to three months after the previous season has concluded. For North American players to be eligible, they should have reached the age of 18 on or before September 15 of the draft year, and should be below 20 years of age before December 31st. For European and international players, the age range is between 18 and 21 years of age.

NHL Draft History

The first NHL Draft was held on June 5, 1963 in Montreal. During this time, the conference was called the NHL Amateur Draft, because only players between 18 and 20 years of age from non-professional leagues were eligible. The title was eventually changed to NHL Entry Draft in 1980, when professional players (from age 18 to 20) from the defunct World Hockey Association (WHA) joined the league through the draft, with the exception of Wayne Gretzky, who came to the NHL undrafted as part of an agreement for WHA teams to bring over a limited number of players.

NHL Draft Lottery

Throughout NHL draft history, there have been many changes in the draft lottery format. From 1963 up to 1994, draft order was determined in reverse order of the team standings, so the team that finished last during the previous season was allowed to make the first pick. In 1995, the NHL changed the way the draft selections were awarded. All non-playoff teams would be entered in a lottery, and the winner would move up by as many as 4 picks. The chances of winning the lottery weighed heavily on the teams at the bottom of the regular season standings. In 2013, the NHL made another alteration to the draft lottery process. Instead of allowing the lottery winner to move up by 4 draft spots, the winner would now move all the way up to the number one spot. Recently, in 2016, the NHL draft lottery format was modified once again. This time, the top 3 picks were all drawn through the lottery, instead of simply holding a lottery for the first overall pick.

NHL Expansion Draft

Occasionally, whenever the NHL expanded, they would need to stock the new team with players through an expansion draft. During an NHL Expansion Draft, existing teams would submit a list of 'protected' players, who are not to be included in the draft, and the expansion teams would instead choose players who are not on the lists.

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