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2022 NHL Entry Draft

2022 NHL Entry Draft Round 1
NHL Totals
Round Pick Overall Team From Player GP G A PTS S% GAA
1 1 1 Montreal Canadiens logo Juraj Slafkovský
Entry Level Contract Signed July 13, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $950,000 | AAV $4,450,000 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $855,000 $95,000 $3,500,000
2023-2024 $855,000 $95,000 $3,500,000
2024-2025 $855,000 $95,000 $3,500,000
1 2 2 New Jersey Devils logo Simon Nemec
Entry Level Contract Signed July 14, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $950,000 | AAV $4,200,000 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $855,000 $95,000 $3,250,000
2023-2024 $855,000 $95,000 $3,250,000
2024-2025 $855,000 $95,000 $3,250,000
1 3 3 Arizona Coyotes logo Logan Cooley
1 4 4 Seattle Kraken logo Shane Wright
Entry Level Contract Signed July 14, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $950,000 | AAV $4,012,500 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $855,000 $95,000 $3,062,500
2023-2024 $855,000 $95,000 $3,062,500
2024-2025 $855,000 $95,000 $3,062,500
1 5 5 Philadelphia Flyers logo Cutter Gauthier
1 6 6 Columbus Blue Jackets logo David Jiricek
Entry Level Contract Signed July 13, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $950,000 | AAV $1,950,000 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $855,000 $95,000 $1,000,000
2023-2024 $855,000 $95,000 $1,000,000
2024-2025 $855,000 $95,000 $1,000,000
1 7 7 Chicago Blackhawks logo Kevin Korchinski
Entry Level Contract Signed August 11, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $950,000 | AAV $1,950,000 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $855,000 $95,000 $1,000,000
2023-2024 $855,000 $95,000 $1,000,000
2024-2025 $855,000 $95,000 $1,000,000
1 8 8 Detroit Red Wings logo Marco Kasper
Entry Level Contract Signed July 13, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $950,000 | AAV $1,950,000 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $855,000 $95,000 $1,000,000
2023-2024 $855,000 $95,000 $1,000,000
2024-2025 $855,000 $95,000 $1,000,000
1 9 9 Buffalo Sabres logo Matthew Savoie
Entry Level Contract Signed July 16, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $950,000 | AAV $1,950,000 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $855,000 $92,500 $1,000,000
2023-2024 $855,000 $92,500 $1,000,000
2024-2025 $855,000 $92,500 $1,000,000
1 10 10 Anaheim Ducks logo Pavel Mintyukov
Entry Level Contract Signed July 16, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $950,000 | AAV $1,733,333 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $855,000 $95,000 $550,000
2023-2024 $855,000 $95,000 $800,000
2024-2025 $855,000 $95,000 $1,000,000
1 11 11 Arizona Coyotes logo Conor Geekie
Entry Level Contract Signed July 18, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $950,000 | AAV $1,716,667 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $855,000 $95,000 $525,000
2023-2024 $855,000 $95,000 $775,000
2024-2025 $855,000 $95,000 $1,000,000
1 12 12 Columbus Blue Jackets logo Denton Mateychuk
Entry Level Contract Signed July 13, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $950,000 | AAV $1,700,000 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $855,000 $95,000 $500,000
2023-2024 $855,000 $95,000 $750,000
2024-2025 $855,000 $95,000 $1,000,000
1 13 13 Chicago Blackhawks logo Frank Nazar
1 14 14 Winnipeg Jets logo Rutger McGroarty
1 15 15 Vancouver Canucks logo Jonathan Lekkerimaki
1 16 16 Buffalo Sabres logo Noah Östlund
Entry Level Contract Signed July 15, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $950,000 | AAV $1,425,000 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $855,000 $95,000 $475,000
2023-2024 $855,000 $95,000 $475,000
2024-2025 $855,000 $95,000 $475,000
1 17 17 Nashville Predators logo Joakim Kemell
Entry Level Contract Signed July 16, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $950,000 | AAV $1,450,000 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $855,000 $95,000 $500,000
2023-2024 $855,000 $95,000 $500,000
2024-2025 $855,000 $95,000 $500,000
1 18 18 Dallas Stars logo Lian Bichsel
1 19 19 Minnesota Wild logo Liam Öhgren
Entry Level Contract Signed July 16, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $950,000 | AAV $1,441,667 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $855,000 $95,000 $475,000
2023-2024 $855,000 $95,000 $500,000
2024-2025 $855,000 $95,000 $500,000
1 20 20 Washington Capitals logo Ivan Miroshnichenko
1 21 21 Pittsburgh Penguins logo Owen Pickering
Entry Level Contract Signed July 16, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $950,000 | AAV $1,200,000 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $855,000 $95,000 $0
2023-2024 $855,000 $95,000 $250,000
2024-2025 $855,000 $95,000 $500,000
1 22 22 Anaheim Ducks logo Nathan Gaucher
Entry Level Contract Signed July 28, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $950,000 | AAV $1,192,500 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $855,000 $95,000 $77,500
2023-2024 $855,000 $95,000 $300,000
2024-2025 $855,000 $95,000 $350,000
1 23 23 St. Louis Blues logo Jimmy Snuggerud
1 24 24 Minnesota Wild logo Danila Yurov
1 25 25 Chicago Blackhawks logo Sam Rinzel
1 26 26 Montreal Canadiens logo Filip Mesar
Entry Level Contract Signed July 14, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $950,000 | AAV $950,000 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $855,000 $95,000 $0
2023-2024 $855,000 $95,000 $0
2024-2025 $855,000 $95,000 $0
1 27 27 San Jose Sharks logo Filip Bystedt
1 28 28 Buffalo Sabres logo Jiri Kulich
Entry Level Contract Signed July 16, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $950,000 | AAV $950,000 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $855,000 $95,000 $0
2023-2024 $855,000 $95,000 $0
2024-2025 $855,000 $95,000 $0
1 29 29 Arizona Coyotes logo Maveric Lamoureux
Entry Level Contract Signed August 17, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $950,000 | AAV $950,000 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $855,000 $95,000 $0
2023-2024 $855,000 $95,000 $0
2024-2025 $855,000 $95,000 $0
1 30 30 Winnipeg Jets logo Brad Lambert
1 31 31 Tampa Bay Lightning logo Isaac Howard
1 32 32 Edmonton Oilers logo Reid Schaefer
Entry Level Contract Signed July 16, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $950,000 | AAV $950,000 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $855,000 $95,000 $0
2023-2024 $855,000 $95,000 $0
2024-2025 $855,000 $95,000 $0
2022 NHL Entry Draft Round 2
NHL Totals
Round Pick Overall Team From Player GP G A PTS S% GAA
2 1 33 Montreal Canadiens logo Owen Beck
Entry Level Contract Signed October 04, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $916,667 | AAV $950,000 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $775,000 $95,000 $80,000
2023-2024 $835,000 $95,000 $20,000
2024-2025 $855,000 $95,000 $0
2 2 34 San Jose Sharks logo Cameron Lund
2 3 35 Seattle Kraken logo Jagger Firkus
2 4 36 Arizona Coyotes logo Artyom Duda
2 5 37 Washington Capitals logo Ryan Chesley
2 6 38 Toronto Maple Leafs logo Fraser Minten
2 7 39 Chicago Blackhawks logo Paul Ludwinski
2 8 40 Detroit Red Wings logo Dylan James
2 9 41 Buffalo Sabres logo Topias Leinonen
2 10 42 Anaheim Ducks logo Noah Warren
2 11 43 Arizona Coyotes logo Julian Lutz
2 12 44 Columbus Blue Jackets logo Luca Del Bel Belluz
2 13 45 San Jose Sharks logo Mattias Hävelid
2 14 46 New Jersey Devils logo Seamus Casey
2 15 47 Minnesota Wild logo Hunter Haight
2 16 48 Vegas Golden Knights logo Matyas Sapovaliv
2 17 49 Seattle Kraken logo Jani Nyman
2 18 50 Dallas Stars logo Christian Kyrou
2 19 51 Los Angeles Kings logo Jack Hughes
2 20 52 Detroit Red Wings logo Dmitri Buchelnikov
2 21 53 Anaheim Ducks logo Tristan Luneau
2 22 54 Boston Bruins logo Matthew Poitras
2 23 55 Winnipeg Jets logo Elias Salomonsson
Entry Level Contract Signed July 16, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $870,000 | AAV $950,000 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $750,000 $95,000 $105,000
2023-2024 $775,000 $95,000 $80,000
2024-2025 $750,000 $95,000 $55,000
2 24 56 Minnesota Wild logo Rieger Lorenz
2 25 57 Chicago Blackhawks logo Ryan Greene
2 26 58 Seattle Kraken logo Niklas Kokko
2 27 59 Calgary Flames logo Topi Rönni
2 28 60 Carolina Hurricanes logo Gleb Trikozov
2 29 61 Seattle Kraken logo David Goyette
2 30 62 Montreal Canadiens logo Lane Hutson
2 31 63 New York Rangers logo Adam Sýkora
Entry Level Contract Signed July 16, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $870,000 | AAV $950,000 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $775,000 $95,000 $80,000
2023-2024 $775,000 $95,000 $80,000
2024-2025 $775,000 $95,000 $80,000
2 32 64 Ottawa Senators logo Filip Nordberg
2 33 65 New York Islanders logo Calle Odelius
Entry Level Contract Signed July 15, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $870,000 | AAV $950,000 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $750,000 $95,000 $105,000
2023-2024 $775,000 $95,000 $80,000
2024-2025 $800,000 $95,000 $55,000
2022 NHL Entry Draft Round 3
NHL Totals
Round Pick Overall Team From Player GP G A PTS S% GAA
3 1 66 Chicago Blackhawks logo Gavin Hayes
3 2 67 Arizona Coyotes logo Miko Matikka
3 3 68 Seattle Kraken logo Ty Nelson
3 4 69 Philadelphia Flyers logo Devin Kaplan
3 5 70 Washington Capitals logo Alexander Suzdalev
Entry Level Contract Signed July 16, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $878,333 | AAV $950,000 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $775,000 $95,000 $80,000
2023-2024 $775,000 $95,000 $80,000
2024-2025 $775,000 $95,000 $55,000
3 6 71 Carolina Hurricanes logo Alexander Perevalov
3 7 72 Ottawa Senators logo Oskar Pettersson
3 8 73 St. Louis Blues logo Aleksanteri Kaskimäki
3 9 74 Buffalo Sabres logo Viktor Neuchev
3 10 75 Montreal Canadiens logo Vinzenz Rohrer
3 11 76 San Jose Sharks logo Michael Fisher
3 12 77 Winnipeg Jets logo Danny Zhilkin
3 13 78 New York Islanders logo Quinn Finley
3 14 79 Vegas Golden Knights logo Jordan Gustafson
3 15 80 Vancouver Canucks logo Elias Pettersson
3 16 81 Chicago Blackhawks logo Samuel Savoie
3 17 82 Nashville Predators logo Adam Ingram
3 18 83 Dallas Stars logo George Fegaras
3 19 84 Nashville Predators logo Kasper Kulonummi
3 20 85 Washington Capitals logo Ludwig Persson
Entry Level Contract Signed July 16, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $870,000 | AAV $950,000 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $775,000 $95,000 $80,000
2023-2024 $775,000 $95,000 $80,000
2024-2025 $775,000 $95,000 $80,000
3 21 86 Tampa Bay Lightning logo Lucas Edmonds
Entry Level Contract Signed July 21, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $861,667 | AAV $950,000 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $750,000 $95,000 $105,000
2023-2024 $775,000 $95,000 $80,000
2024-2025 $750,000 $95,000 $80,000
3 22 87 Ottawa Senators logo Tomas Hamara
Entry Level Contract Signed July 15, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $851,667 | AAV $856,667 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $750,000 $85,000 $15,000
2023-2024 $775,000 $85,000 $0
2024-2025 $775,000 $85,000 $0
3 23 88 St. Louis Blues logo Michael Buchinger
3 24 89 Minnesota Wild logo Michael Milne
3 25 90 Chicago Blackhawks logo Aidan Thompson
3 26 91 Seattle Kraken logo Ben MacDonald
3 27 92 Montreal Canadiens logo Adam Engström
3 28 93 Florida Panthers logo Marek Alscher
3 29 94 Arizona Coyotes logo Jeremy Langlois
3 30 95 Toronto Maple Leafs logo Nicholas Moldenhauer
3 31 96 Columbus Blue Jackets logo Jordan Dumais
3 32 97 New York Rangers logo Bryce McConnell-Barker
2022 NHL Entry Draft Round 4
NHL Totals
Round Pick Overall Team From Player GP G A PTS S% GAA
4 1 98 New York Islanders logo Isaiah George
4 2 99 Winnipeg Jets logo Garrett Brown
4 3 100 Seattle Kraken logo Tyson Jugnauth
4 4 101 Carolina Hurricanes logo Simon Forsmark
4 5 102 New Jersey Devils logo Tyler Brennan
4 6 103 Los Angeles Kings logo Kenny Connors
4 7 104 Ottawa Senators logo Stephen Halliday
4 8 105 Detroit Red Wings logo Anton Johansson
4 9 106 Buffalo Sabres logo Mats Lindgren
4 10 107 Anaheim Ducks logo Benjamin King
4 11 108 San Jose Sharks logo Mason Beaupit
4 12 109 Columbus Blue Jackets logo Kirill Dolzhenkov
4 13 110 New Jersey Devils logo Daniil Orlov
4 14 111 New York Rangers logo Noah Laba
4 15 112 Vancouver Canucks logo Daimon Gardner
4 16 113 Detroit Red Wings logo Amadeus Lombardi
4 17 114 Nashville Predators logo Cole O'Hara
4 18 115 Dallas Stars logo Gavin White
4 19 116 Los Angeles Kings logo Angus Booth
4 20 117 Boston Bruins logo Cole Spicer
4 21 118 Pittsburgh Penguins logo Sergei Murashov
4 22 119 Boston Bruins logo Dans Locmelis
4 23 120 St. Louis Blues logo Arseni Koromyslov
4 24 121 Minnesota Wild logo Ryan Healey
4 25 122 Toronto Maple Leafs logo Dennis Hildeby
Entry Level Contract Signed July 13, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $843,333 | AAV $843,333 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $750,000 $75,000 $0
2023-2024 $775,000 $75,000 $0
2024-2025 $775,000 $80,000 $0
4 26 123 Seattle Kraken logo Tucker Robertson
4 27 124 Carolina Hurricanes logo Cruz Lucius
4 28 125 Florida Panthers logo Ludvig Jansson
4 29 126 New Jersey Devils logo Charlie Leddy
4 30 127 Montreal Canadiens logo Cedrick Guindon
4 31 128 Vegas Golden Knights logo Cameron Whitehead
4 32 129 Detroit Red Wings logo Maximilian Kilpinen
2022 NHL Entry Draft Round 5
NHL Totals
Round Pick Overall Team From Player GP G A PTS S% GAA
5 1 130 Montreal Canadiens logo Jared Davidson
5 2 131 Arizona Coyotes logo Matthew Morden
5 3 132 Boston Bruins logo Frédéric Brunet
5 4 133 Philadelphia Flyers logo Alex Bump
5 5 134 Buffalo Sabres logo Vsevolod Komarov
5 6 135 Toronto Maple Leafs logo Nikita Grebyonkin
5 7 136 Ottawa Senators logo Jorian Donovan
Entry Level Contract Signed September 23, 2022
3yrs | Cap Hit $831,667 | AAV $831,667 Full Contract Details
Season Salary Signing Bonus Performance Bonus
2022-2023 $750,000 $65,000 $0
2023-2024 $775,000 $65,000 $0
2024-2025 $775,000 $65,000 $0
5 8 137 Detroit Red Wings logo Tnias Mathurin
5 9 138 Columbus Blue Jackets logo Sergei Ivanov
5 10 139 Anaheim Ducks logo Connor Hvidston
5 11 140 San Jose Sharks logo Jake Furlong
5 12 141 New Jersey Devils logo Petr Hauser
5 13 142 New York Islanders logo Matt Maggio
5 14 143 Ottawa Senators logo Cameron O'Neill
5 15 144 Vancouver Canucks logo Ty Young
5 16 145 Vegas Golden Knights logo Patrick Guay
5 17 146 Nashville Predators logo Graham Sward
5 18 147 Dallas Stars logo Maxim Mayorov
5 19 148 Los Angeles Kings logo Otto Salin
5 20 149 Washington Capitals logo Jake Karabela
5 21 150 Pittsburgh Penguins logo Zam Plante
5 22 151 Ottawa Senators logo Kevin Reidler
5 23 152 St. Louis Blues logo Marc-Andre Gaudet
5 24 153 Minnesota Wild logo David Spacek
5 25 154 Anaheim Ducks logo Michael Callow
5 26 155 Calgary Flames logo Parker Bell
5 27 156 Carolina Hurricanes logo Vladimir Grudinin
5 28 157 Florida Panthers logo Sandis Vilmanis
5 29 158 Edmonton Oilers logo Samuel Jonsson
5 30 159 New York Rangers logo Victor Mancini
5 31 160 Tampa Bay Lightning logo Nick Malik
5 32 161 New York Rangers logo Maxim Barbashev
2022 NHL Entry Draft Round 6
NHL Totals
Round Pick Overall Team From Player GP G A PTS S% GAA
6 1 162 Montreal Canadiens logo Emmett Croteau
6 2 163 Arizona Coyotes logo Maksymilian Szuber
6 3 164 Seattle Kraken logo Barrett Hall
6 4 165 Philadelphia Flyers logo Hunter McDonald
6 5 166 New Jersey Devils logo Josh Filmon
6 6 167 Pittsburgh Penguins logo Nolan Collins
6 7 168 Ottawa Senators logo Theo Wallberg
6 8 169 Los Angeles Kings logo Jared Wright
6 9 170 Buffalo Sabres logo Jake Richard
6 10 171 Carolina Hurricanes logo Jakub Vondras
6 11 172 San Jose Sharks logo Joey Muldowney
6 12 173 Chicago Blackhawks logo Dominic James
6 13 174 New York Islanders logo Daylan Kuefler
6 14 175 Winnipeg Jets logo Fabian Wagner
6 15 176 Vancouver Canucks logo Jackson Dorrington
6 16 177 Vegas Golden Knights logo Ben Hemmerling
6 17 178 Anaheim Ducks logo Vyacheslav Buteyets
6 18 179 Dallas Stars logo Matthew Seminoff
6 19 180 Los Angeles Kings logo Jack Sparkes
6 20 181 Washington Capitals logo Ryan Hofer
6 21 182 Pittsburgh Penguins logo Luke Devlin
6 22 183 Boston Bruins logo Reid Dyck
6 23 184 St. Louis Blues logo Landon Sim
6 24 185 Minnesota Wild logo Servác Petrovský
6 25 186 Florida Panthers logo Joshua Davies
6 26 187 Buffalo Sabres logo Gustav Karlsson
6 27 188 Chicago Blackhawks logo Nils Juntorp
6 28 189 Florida Panthers logo Tyler Muszelik
6 29 190 Edmonton Oilers logo Nikita Yevseyev
6 30 191 New York Rangers logo Zakary Karpa
6 31 192 Tampa Bay Lightning logo Connor Kurth
6 32 193 Colorado Avalanche logo Christopher Romaine
2022 NHL Entry Draft Round 7
NHL Totals
Round Pick Overall Team From Player GP G A PTS S% GAA
7 1 194 Montreal Canadiens logo Petteri Nurmi
7 2 195 San Jose Sharks logo Eli Barnett
7 3 196 Seattle Kraken logo Kyle Jackson
7 4 197 Philadelphia Flyers logo Santeri Sulku
7 5 198 New Jersey Devils logo Artyom Barabosha
7 6 199 Chicago Blackhawks logo Riku Tohila
7 7 200 Boston Bruins logo Jackson Edward
7 8 201 Detroit Red Wings logo Owen Mehlenbacher
7 9 202 Buffalo Sabres logo Joel Ratkovic Berndtsson
7 10 203 Columbus Blue Jackets logo James Fisher
7 11 204 Arizona Coyotes logo Adam Zlnka
7 12 205 Carolina Hurricanes logo Alexander Pelevin
7 13 206 Ottawa Senators logo Tyson Dyck
7 14 207 Winnipeg Jets logo Domenic DiVincentiis
7 15 208 Vancouver Canucks logo Kirill Kudryavtsev
7 16 209 Vegas Golden Knights logo Abram Wiebe
7 17 210 Nashville Predators logo Benjamin Strinden
7 18 211 Buffalo Sabres logo Linus Sjödin
7 19 212 Detroit Red Wings logo Brennan Ali
7 20 213 Washington Capitals logo David Gucciardi
7 21 214 Florida Panthers logo Liam Arnsby
7 22 215 Los Angeles Kings logo Kaleb Lawrence
7 23 216 Montreal Canadiens logo Miguël Tourigny
7 24 217 San Jose Sharks logo Reese Laubach
7 25 218 Toronto Maple Leafs logo Brandon Lisowsky
7 26 219 Calgary Flames logo Cade Littler
7 27 220 Philadelphia Flyers logo Alexis Gendron
7 28 221 Florida Panthers logo Jack Devine
7 29 222 Edmonton Oilers logo Joel Määttä
7 30 223 Tampa Bay Lightning logo Dyllan Gill
7 31 224 Tampa Bay Lightning logo Klavs Veinbergs
7 32 225 Colorado Avalanche logo Ivan Zhigalov

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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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