NHL Draft Results & NHL Draft History

2021 NHL Draft Pick Assets

2021 NHL Draft Pick Assets Round 1
Round Pick Overall Team From Trade Details
1 1 1
1 2 2
1 3 3
1 4 4
1 5 5
1 6 6
1 7 7
1 8 8
1 9 9
1 10 10
1 11 11
1 12 12
1 13 13
1 14 14
1 15 15
February 10, 2020
February 10, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Minnesota Wild acquired Alex Galchenyuk, Calen Addison and 2021 first round pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins for Jason Zucker
1 16 16
1 17 17
1 18 18
August 26, 2020

TRADE ANALYSIS
(NHL) announced the Arizona Coyotes will forfeit their 2020 second-round pick and 2021 first-round pick for violating the (NHL)'s combine testing policy
August 26, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
(NHL) announced the Arizona Coyotes will forfeit their 2020 second-round pick and 2021 first-round pick for violating the (NHL)'s combine testing policy
1 19 19
1 20 20
1 21 21
1 22 22
1 23 23
1 24 24
1 25 25
1 26 26
1 27 27
1 28 28
1 29 29
1 30 30
1 31 31
2021 NHL Draft Pick Assets Round 2
Round Pick Overall Team From Trade Details
2 1 32
2 2 33
2 3 34
September 13, 2018
San Jose Sharks acquired D Erik Karlsson and LW Francis Perron from the Ottawa Senators for C Chris Tierney, D Dylan DeMelo, C Josh Norris, LW Rudolfs Balcers, a conditional 2020 first-round pick and a conditional 2019 second-round pick. Ottawa Senators receive the higher pick from the San Jose Sharks of the San Jose Sharks 2019 second-round draft pick and the Florida Panthers 2019 second-round draft pick.
September 13, 2018 San Jose Sharks acquired D Erik Karlsson and LW Francis Perron from the Ottawa Senators for C Chris Tierney, D Dylan DeMelo, C Josh Norris, LW Rudolfs Balcers, a conditional 2020 first-round pick and a conditional 2019 second-round pick. Ottawa Senators receive the higher pick from the San Jose Sharks of the San Jose Sharks 2019 second-round draft pick and the Florida Panthers 2019 second-round draft pick.
2 4 35
2 5 36
2 6 37
July 29, 2019
TRADE ANALYSIS
The New Jersey Devils acquired Nikita Gusev from the Vegas Golden Knights for a 2021 second round pick and 2020 third round pick
July 29, 2019 TRADE ANALYSIS
The New Jersey Devils acquired Nikita Gusev from the Vegas Golden Knights for a 2021 second round pick and 2020 third round pick
2 7 38
2 8 39
2 9 40
2 10 41
September 26, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Detroit Red Wings acquired Marc Staal and 2021 second round pick from the New York Rangers for future considerations
September 26, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Detroit Red Wings acquired Marc Staal and 2021 second round pick from the New York Rangers for future considerations
2 11 42
2 12 43
2 13 44
2 14 45
February 24, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Edmonton Oilers acquired Andreas Athanasiou and Ryan Kuffner from the Detroit Red Wings for Sam Gagner, 2020 second round pick and 2021 second round pick
February 24, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Edmonton Oilers acquired Andreas Athanasiou and Ryan Kuffner from the Detroit Red Wings for Sam Gagner, 2020 second round pick and 2021 second round pick
2 15 46
2 16 47
2 17 48
2 18 49
2 19 50
2 20 51
2 21 52
February 23, 2019
TRADE ANALYSIS
Columbus acquires Ryan Dzingel & CGY's 2019 7th Round Pick from Ottawa for Anthony Duclair, 2020 2nd Round Pick and 2021 2nd Round Pick.
February 23, 2019 TRADE ANALYSIS
Columbus acquires Ryan Dzingel & CGY's 2019 7th Round Pick from Ottawa for Anthony Duclair, 2020 2nd Round Pick and 2021 2nd Round Pick.
2 22 53
2 23 54
2 24 55
2 25 56
October 12, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Colorado Avalanche acquired Devon Toews from the New York Islanders for a 2021 second round pick and a 2022 second round pick
October 12, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Colorado Avalanche acquired Devon Toews from the New York Islanders for a 2021 second round pick and a 2022 second round pick
2 26 57
February 19, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Vegas Golden Knights acquired Alec Martinez from the Los Angeles Kings for a 2020 second round pick and a 2021 second round pick
June 28, 2019
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Buffalo Sabres acquired Colin Miller from the Vegas Golden Knights for 2021 second round pick and 2022 fifth round pick
July 01, 2018
St. Louis Blues acquired C Ryan O'Reilly from the Buffalo Sabres for C Tage Thompson, LW Vladimir Sobotka, C Patrick Berglund, a protected 2019 first-round draft pick and a 2021 second-round draft pick. The Buffalo Sabres receive the St. Louis Blues 2019 first-round pick if it falls outside the top 10 picks, otherwise it is defered to the 2020 first-round pick.
February 19, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Vegas Golden Knights acquired Alec Martinez from the Los Angeles Kings for a 2020 second round pick and a 2021 second round pick June 28, 2019 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Buffalo Sabres acquired Colin Miller from the Vegas Golden Knights for 2021 second round pick and 2022 fifth round pick July 01, 2018 St. Louis Blues acquired C Ryan O'Reilly from the Buffalo Sabres for C Tage Thompson, LW Vladimir Sobotka, C Patrick Berglund, a protected 2019 first-round draft pick and a 2021 second-round draft pick. The Buffalo Sabres receive the St. Louis Blues 2019 first-round pick if it falls outside the top 10 picks, otherwise it is defered to the 2020 first-round pick.
2 27 58
2 28 59
February 16, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
New Jersey Devils acquired David Quenneville and 2021 second round pick from the New York Islanders for Andy Greene
February 16, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
New Jersey Devils acquired David Quenneville and 2021 second round pick from the New York Islanders for Andy Greene
2 29 60
2 30 61
2 31 62
October 07, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired 2020 second round pick (#57) from the Montreal Canadiens for 2020 fourth round pick (#124) and 2021 second round pick
October 07, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired 2020 second round pick (#57) from the Montreal Canadiens for 2020 fourth round pick (#124) and 2021 second round pick
2021 NHL Draft Pick Assets Round 3
Round Pick Overall Team From Trade Details
3 1 63
3 2 64
3 3 65
3 4 66
3 5 67
3 6 68
3 7 69
July 01, 2019
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Buffalo Sabres acquired Jimmy Vesey from New York Rangers for 2021 third round pick
July 01, 2019 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Buffalo Sabres acquired Jimmy Vesey from New York Rangers for 2021 third round pick
3 8 70
3 9 71
3 10 72
3 11 73
3 12 74
3 13 75
February 05, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford from the Los Angeles Kings for forward Trevor Moore, Columbus’ third round pick in the 2020 (NHL) Draft and a conditional third round pick in 2021
February 05, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford from the Los Angeles Kings for forward Trevor Moore, Columbus’ third round pick in the 2020 (NHL) Draft and a conditional third round pick in 2021
3 14 76
July 19, 2019
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Edmonton Oilers acquired James Neal from the Calgary Flames for Milan Lucic and a conditional 2020 third round pick
July 19, 2019 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Edmonton Oilers acquired James Neal from the Calgary Flames for Milan Lucic and a conditional 2020 third round pick
3 15 77
October 05, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The San Jose Sharks acquired Ryan Donato from the Minnesota Wild for a 2021 third round pick
February 24, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Patrick Marleau from the San Jose Sharks for a 2021 third round pick
October 05, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The San Jose Sharks acquired Ryan Donato from the Minnesota Wild for a 2021 third round pick February 24, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Patrick Marleau from the San Jose Sharks for a 2021 third round pick
3 16 78
3 17 79
June 30, 2019
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Chicago Blackhawks acquired Andrew Shaw and 2021 seventh round pick from the Montreal Canadiens for a 2020 second round pick, a 2020 seventh round pick, and 2021 third round pick
June 30, 2019 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Chicago Blackhawks acquired Andrew Shaw and 2021 seventh round pick from the Montreal Canadiens for a 2020 second round pick, a 2020 seventh round pick, and 2021 third round pick
3 18 80
December 16, 2019
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Arizona Coyotes acquired Taylor Hall and Blake Speers from the New Jersey Devils for Kevin Bahl, Nate Schnarr, Nicholas Merkley, and a conditional 2020 first and conditional 2021 third round pick.
December 16, 2019 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Arizona Coyotes acquired Taylor Hall and Blake Speers from the New Jersey Devils for Kevin Bahl, Nate Schnarr, Nicholas Merkley, and a conditional 2020 first and conditional 2021 third round pick.
3 19 81
3 20 82
3 21 83
3 22 84
3 23 85
3 24 86
October 07, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The San Jose Sharks acquired 2020 fourth round pick (#98) from the Montreal Canadiens for 2021 third round pick
February 18, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The San Jose Sharks traded Brenden Dillon to Washington Capitals for 2020 second round pick and 2021 third round pick
October 07, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The San Jose Sharks acquired 2020 fourth round pick (#98) from the Montreal Canadiens for 2021 third round pick February 18, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The San Jose Sharks traded Brenden Dillon to Washington Capitals for 2020 second round pick and 2021 third round pick
3 25 87
3 26 88
3 27 89
3 28 90
3 29 91
September 10, 2018
Vegas Golden Knights acquired LW Tomas Tatar from the Detroit Red Wings for a 2018 first-round draft pick, a 2019 second-round draft pick and a 2021 third-round draft pick.
September 10, 2018 Vegas Golden Knights acquired LW Tomas Tatar from the Detroit Red Wings for a 2018 first-round draft pick, a 2019 second-round draft pick and a 2021 third-round draft pick.
3 30 92
3 31 93
2021 NHL Draft Pick Assets Round 4
Round Pick Overall Team From Trade Details
4 1 94
4 2 95
October 07, 2019
TRADE ANALYSIS
The New York Rangers traded Vladislav Namestnikov to the Ottawa Senators for Nick Ebert and 2021 fourth round pick
October 07, 2019 TRADE ANALYSIS
The New York Rangers traded Vladislav Namestnikov to the Ottawa Senators for Nick Ebert and 2021 fourth round pick
4 3 96
4 4 97
4 5 98
4 6 99
4 7 100
4 8 101
4 9 102
February 21, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Vegas Golden Knights traded Cody Eakin to the Winnipeg Jets for a conditional fourth round pick
February 21, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Vegas Golden Knights traded Cody Eakin to the Winnipeg Jets for a conditional fourth round pick
4 10 103
4 11 104
4 12 105
4 13 106
4 14 107
4 15 108
June 29, 2019
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Arizona Coyotes acquired Phil Kessel, Dane Birks, and 2021 fourth round pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins for Alex Galchenyuk and Pierre-Olivier Joseph
June 29, 2019 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Arizona Coyotes acquired Phil Kessel, Dane Birks, and 2021 fourth round pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins for Alex Galchenyuk and Pierre-Olivier Joseph
4 16 109
4 17 110
4 18 111
4 19 112
February 24, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Calgary Flames acquired Derek Forbort from the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional 2021 fourth round pick
February 24, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Calgary Flames acquired Derek Forbort from the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional 2021 fourth round pick
4 20 113
4 21 114
4 22 115
4 23 116
4 24 117
4 25 118
October 10, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Ottawa Senators acquired Austin Watson from the Nashville Predators for 2021 fourth round pick
February 24, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Colorado Avalanche acquired Vladislav Namestnikov from the Ottawa Senators for a 2021 fourth round pick
October 10, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Ottawa Senators acquired Austin Watson from the Nashville Predators for 2021 fourth round pick February 24, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Colorado Avalanche acquired Vladislav Namestnikov from the Ottawa Senators for a 2021 fourth round pick
4 26 119
February 18, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The St Louis Blues acquired Marco Scandella from the Montreal Canadiens for a 2020 second round pick and conditional 2021 fourth round pick
February 18, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The St Louis Blues acquired Marco Scandella from the Montreal Canadiens for a 2020 second round pick and conditional 2021 fourth round pick
4 27 120
4 28 121
4 29 122
February 24, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Vegas Golden Knights acquired Nick Cousins from the Montreal Canadiens for a 2021 fourth round pick
February 24, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Vegas Golden Knights acquired Nick Cousins from the Montreal Canadiens for a 2021 fourth round pick
4 30 123
4 31 124
2021 NHL Draft Pick Assets Round 5
Round Pick Overall Team From Trade Details
5 1 125
5 2 126
January 02, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Ottawa Senators acquired Mike Reilly from the Montreal Canadiens for Andrew Sturtz and 2021 fifth round pick
January 02, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Ottawa Senators acquired Mike Reilly from the Montreal Canadiens for Andrew Sturtz and 2021 fifth round pick
5 3 127
5 4 128
5 5 129
5 6 130
October 08, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The New Jersey Devils acquired Ryan Murray from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 2021 fifth round pick
October 08, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The New Jersey Devils acquired Ryan Murray from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 2021 fifth round pick
5 7 131
February 24, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The New Jersey Devils traded Wayne Simmonds to the Buffalo Sabres for conditional 2021 fifth round pick
February 24, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The New Jersey Devils traded Wayne Simmonds to the Buffalo Sabres for conditional 2021 fifth round pick
5 8 132
5 9 133
5 10 134
5 11 135
5 12 136
5 13 137
5 14 138
October 08, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Ottawa Senators acquired Erik Gundbranson from the Anaheim Ducks for 2021 fifth round pick
February 24, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Edmonton Oilers acquired Tyler Ennis from the Ottawa Senators for a 2021 fifth round pick
October 08, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Ottawa Senators acquired Erik Gundbranson from the Anaheim Ducks for 2021 fifth round pick February 24, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Edmonton Oilers acquired Tyler Ennis from the Ottawa Senators for a 2021 fifth round pick
5 15 139
5 16 140
5 17 141
5 18 142
5 19 143
5 20 144
5 21 145
5 22 146
June 26, 2019
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Carolina Hurricanes acquired Erik Haula from the Vegas Golden Knights for Nicolas Roy and a conditional 2021 fifth round pick
June 26, 2019 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Carolina Hurricanes acquired Erik Haula from the Vegas Golden Knights for Nicolas Roy and a conditional 2021 fifth round pick
5 23 147
February 24, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Montreal Canadiens traded Nate Thompson to the Philadelphia Flyers for a 2021 fifth round pick
February 24, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Montreal Canadiens traded Nate Thompson to the Philadelphia Flyers for a 2021 fifth round pick
5 24 148
5 25 149
5 26 150
5 27 151
5 28 152
5 29 153
December 02, 2019
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Vegas Golden Knights acquired Chandler Stephenson from the Vegas Golden Knights for a 2021 fifth round pick
December 02, 2019 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Vegas Golden Knights acquired Chandler Stephenson from the Vegas Golden Knights for a 2021 fifth round pick
5 30 154
5 31 155
2021 NHL Draft Pick Assets Round 6
Round Pick Overall Team From Trade Details
6 1 156
6 2 157
6 3 158
6 4 159
6 5 160
6 6 161
6 7 162
6 8 163
6 9 164
6 10 165
6 11 166
6 12 167
6 13 168
6 14 169
6 15 170
July 26, 2019
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Oilers traded John Marino to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a conditional 2021 sixth round pick
July 26, 2019 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Oilers traded John Marino to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a conditional 2021 sixth round pick
6 16 171
6 17 172
6 18 173
6 19 174
6 20 175
6 21 176
6 22 177
6 23 178
6 24 179
6 25 180
6 26 181
6 27 182
6 28 183
6 29 184
6 30 185
6 31 186
2021 NHL Draft Pick Assets Round 7
Round Pick Overall Team From Trade Details
7 1 187
October 07, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The St. Louis Blues acquired 2021 seventh round pick from the Detroit Red Wings for 2020 seventh round pick (#203)
October 07, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The St. Louis Blues acquired 2021 seventh round pick from the Detroit Red Wings for 2020 seventh round pick (#203)
7 2 188
7 3 189
7 4 190
October 07, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Los Angeles Kings acquired a 2020 fifth round pick (#140) from the Carolina Hurricanes for 2020 sixth round pick (#159) and 2021 seventh round pick
October 07, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Los Angeles Kings acquired a 2020 fifth round pick (#140) from the Carolina Hurricanes for 2020 sixth round pick (#159) and 2021 seventh round pick
7 5 191
October 25, 2019
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Anaheim Ducks acquired Erik Gudbranson from the Pittsburgh Penguins for Andreas Martinsen and 2021 seventh round pick
October 25, 2019 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Anaheim Ducks acquired Erik Gudbranson from the Pittsburgh Penguins for Andreas Martinsen and 2021 seventh round pick
7 6 192
November 01, 2019
TRADE ANALYSIS
The New Jersey Devils acquired Louis Domingue from Tampa Bay Lightning for a conditional 2021 seventh-round pick
November 01, 2019 TRADE ANALYSIS
The New Jersey Devils acquired Louis Domingue from Tampa Bay Lightning for a conditional 2021 seventh-round pick
7 7 193
7 8 194
September 11, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Minnesota Wild acquired Nick Bjugstad from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a conditional 2021 7th Round Pick
September 11, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Minnesota Wild acquired Nick Bjugstad from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a conditional 2021 7th Round Pick
7 9 195
7 10 196
7 11 197
June 14, 2019
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Nashville Predators acquired Connor Ingram from the Tampa Bay Lightning for 2021 7th round draft pick
June 14, 2019 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Nashville Predators acquired Connor Ingram from the Tampa Bay Lightning for 2021 7th round draft pick
7 12 198
7 13 199
October 07, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired 2020 seventh round pick (#213) from the Boston Bruins for 2021 seventh round pick
October 07, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired 2020 seventh round pick (#213) from the Boston Bruins for 2021 seventh round pick
7 14 200
7 15 201
7 16 202
October 07, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Chicago Blackhawks acquired 2020 seventh round pick (#188) from the Montreal Canadiens for 2021 7th Round Pick
June 30, 2019
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Chicago Blackhawks acquired Andrew Shaw and 2021 seventh round pick from the Montreal Canadiens for a 2020 second round pick, a 2020 seventh round pick, and 2021 third round pick
October 07, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Chicago Blackhawks acquired 2020 seventh round pick (#188) from the Montreal Canadiens for 2021 7th Round Pick June 30, 2019 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Chicago Blackhawks acquired Andrew Shaw and 2021 seventh round pick from the Montreal Canadiens for a 2020 second round pick, a 2020 seventh round pick, and 2021 third round pick
7 17 203
7 18 204
October 07, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Arizona Coyotes acquired 2020 seventh round pick (#192) from the New Jersey Devils for 2021 seventh round pick
October 07, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Arizona Coyotes acquired 2020 seventh round pick (#192) from the New Jersey Devils for 2021 seventh round pick
7 19 205
7 20 206
7 21 207
7 22 208
7 23 209
7 24 210
October 07, 2020
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Washington Capitals acquired 2020 seventh round pick (#211) from the Pittsburgh Penguins for 2021 seventh round pick
October 07, 2020 TRADE ANALYSIS
The Washington Capitals acquired 2020 seventh round pick (#211) from the Pittsburgh Penguins for 2021 seventh round pick
7 25 211
7 26 212
September 24, 2019
TRADE ANALYSIS
The St Louis Blues acquired Justin Faulk and a 2020 fifth round pick from the Carolina Hurricanes for Joel Edmundson, Dominik Bokk, and a 2021 seventh round draft pick
September 24, 2019 TRADE ANALYSIS
The St Louis Blues acquired Justin Faulk and a 2020 fifth round pick from the Carolina Hurricanes for Joel Edmundson, Dominik Bokk, and a 2021 seventh round draft pick
7 27 213
7 28 214
7 29 215
7 30 216
7 31 217

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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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