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Top 10 First Overall NHL Draft Picks in History

Top 10 First Overall NHL Draft Picks in History

The first National Hockey League (NHL) entry draft, then, was held in 1963. During the year, the NHL Amateur Draft, the first run on some legendary players from the overall selection, Fame career Hall, a lasting effect on the NHL level while striving to make others, and still others out decent, but carved to unspectacular, career itself. You'll find that belong to the first of these 3 types of players below. Quickly and with a number of NHL superstars recently established itself as the first overall picks, this change significantly in the next 10-20 years (we looking at you, Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews have been). However, based solely on career achievements to the present day, here are the top 10 picks overall in the NHL Draft NHL history.


10. Joe Thornton


"Jumbo Joe" Thornton's 1997 NHL Entry was first overall by the Boston Bruins in the draft. They rack up more points (because of their size (6 foot 4, 222 pounds) and the exceptional passing skills who plays for the San Jose Sharks, he, at the time of 2005. Thornton before being traded to spent parts of four seasons with the Bruins 7, 1300 and counting) over the past 2 decades. He won the Hart Trophy as league MVP for the 2005-2006 season and also led the NHL in points that season. A number of Canada Thornton times internationally, winning Olympic gold in 2010, and represented 2 World Cup in 2004 and 2016.

9. Mike Modano


Minnesota North Stars (the Dallas Stars), Mike Modano with the first choice of the selection of the 1988 draft. Pick, worked well for the franchise would be an understatement Modano games, goals, assists, and points leader for the organization as both the regular season and playoffs. He was a key member of the Stanley Cup has won the 1999 Stars team organization. Modano, a constant offensive threat after 1 final season with the Detroit Red Wings in the 1374 NHL points before retiring in 2011 compiled throughout his career. Modano was also given the highest scoring American-born player in NHL history, was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014, and the United States win the World Cup in 1996.

8. Mats Sundin


Mats Sundin Quebec Nordiques (now Colorado Avalanche) first overall in 1989. He was chosen by spending 4 seasons with the Nordiques, but the best of his career before spending last season, the Toronto Maple 13 seasons known for spent with leafs (2008-2009) with the Vancouver Canucks. Sundin was the first overall first NHL player born and raised in Europe was drafted, and an Olympic gold medal in 2006. Put consecutive points with Sweden and Sundin scored in the NHL, while 30+ goals with 13 times over his career. His number 13 jersey was retired by the Maple Leafs, and has been included in Sundin Hockey Hall of Fame.

7. Gilbert Perreault


Not only did Gilbert Perreault 1970 NHL first player taken in the draft, he was the first player drafted in Buffalo Sabres history. Perreault, a skilled center, has spent his entire 17-season career with the Sabres, and still games played, goals, assists, and all time leader in points. Perreault made 8 All-Star appearances during his career, and in 1971 won the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year. Native of Victoriaville, Quebec, entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990.

6. Dale Hawerchuk


Dale Hawerchuk, 1981 was the first player in the NHL Entry Draft Board Winnipeg Jets left the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League center Cornwall Royals. Hawerchuk is commonly referred to as a jet, they played 9 seasons with the team, but he retired in 1997. He is a 5 time All-Star is the first NHL Buffalo Sabres, for St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers Rookie League was played in 1982, and reached 100 points Mark 6 times. Hawerchuk is often regarded as the greatest player in the history of the franchise to Winnipeg Jets / Arizona coyotes, and was added to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.

5. Denis Potvin


New York Islanders with the first pick of the 1973 NHL Draft, Denis Potvin, has chosen a defense from the Ontario Hockey League's Ottawa 67. Potvin was captain for 15 years, went on to play for the whole island NHL career, and 1980-1983 4 straight Stanley Cup. He won the Norris Trophy as the best NHL Defence 3 times, and goals by a defenseman, support, and although the all-time NHL points've retired as a regular season and playoff leader defeat these numbers was given. Potvin 1976, including as a member of the Canada Cup winning team, played for Canada internationally several times. Hockey Hall of Fame is a member since 1991, he said.

4. Alexander Ovechkin


Draft the Washington Capitals Alexander Ovechkin with the first pick of the 2004 NHL Entry, Russia has chosen a dynamic goal scoring winger. He has become the face of the franchise at this time. Ronaldo's achievements NHL MVP, including 6 Rocket Richard Trophy as the scoring title, 7 NHL First Team selection as 3 Hart Trophy, and leading goal scorer of the NHL. He is known for his goal scoring ability, physical game, and charismatic personality (he reached faster than all but 4 players in NHL history with 500 career goals). Still only 31, Gomez will be the NHL's most well known as one of the players who score goals. He has won 3 World Championship gold medal as a member of the Russian national team.

3. Sidney Crosby


Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 2005 draft after the first overall selection in the NHL Crosby as one of the most hyped prospects in NHL history. Since his 2005-2006 rookie season, Crosby 2 NHL MVP, has won 2 scoring titles, title 1 goal, 2 Stanley Cup, and the playoff MVP trophy 1 Who Smythe. Crosby has struggled with injuries at several points in his career, but still is still arguably the best hockey player in the world over the last decade. He said that 2 Olympic gold medals (2010 and 2014), a World Cup (2016), both junior (2005) titles and Senior World Championships (2015) led the Canada level. At 29 years of age, Crosby next few years for the all-time greats continue their ascent up the ranks of the NHL expected to continue for trophies and awards repertoire.

2. Guy Lafleur


Guy Lafleur, nicknamed "flower", has spent his career NHL Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Montreal and Quebec Nordiques with the image selected with the first pick in the 1971 NHL draft. This time with the best of Lafleur Montreal, during which he won 5 Stanley Cups and is best remembered for scoring more points than any player in franchise history. He scored 3 titles, 2 MVP, and won a playoff MVP. As he is remembered for his role as a key offensive cog, and Lafleur flowing hair on down through many ice hockey right winger is imprinted on the memories of fans at the 1970 Montreal family teams. He was inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988 and has had its stunning # 10 jersey retired by Canadiens.

1. Mario Lemieux


Mario Lemieux is on many people's short list of the greatest hockey player holds down the top spot on this list, and history. Drafted first overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1984, spent parts of 17 seasons with Lemieux winning 6 NHL scoring titles, 3 penguins MVP awards before retiring in 2006. Lemieux, had a remarkable career in 1991 Stanley Cup Pittsburgh and continued leading, in 1992, and as the playoff MVP 2 Who trophies Smythe. Due to a variety of injuries, the Hodgkin lymphoma, and despite missing his career at various locations for a temporary retirement, Lemieux NHL career is still lists the 8th and 10th points in career goals. Only Wayne Gretzky never put more points in a season than Mark Lemieux reached 100 points 10 times in his career. Lemieux most points, goals, assists, and recorded many franchise with penguins and played the game in the franchise's history, to a degree. He said Canada's Olympic, World Cup, and won the Canada Cup title and was involved in the hockey Hall of Fame in 1997.

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