The top 3 picks - Tom Lysiak, Denis Potvin, and Dennis Ververgaert.

The 1973 NHL Amateur Draft, the 11th National Hockey League draft was the first to be held on a separate day from other league activities on May 15, 1973, at the Mount Royal Hotel in Montreal so it would not overshadow the rest of the league meetings. Previously, the league had held the amateur draft in mid-June. It also marks the second time the meeting took place at the Mount Royal Hotel rather than the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. In 1972, when the World Hockey Association was beginning to take form, some teams were more focused on the amateur draft that they stopped paying attention to other issues (mainly the WHA raiding NHL rosters) and were spending their time preparing for the draft.

With the WHA having already operated for a full season, NHL teams realized they would have to fight to sign their top picks. This was especially important in a year when the draft was considered extremely deep and the WHA was scheduled to draft players just three days after the NHL.

The top pick of the 1973 NHL amateur draft was Ottawa 67's star Denis Potvin who was projected to be the next Bobby Orr. The Montreal Canadiens, the most active team on draft day, re-positioned themselves by trading for several high picks and then offered the New York Islanders all types of packages for the first choice overall as they want to select Potvin for themselves. Islanders general manager Bill Torrey was not interested, however and held on to the top pick. He selected Potvin, who became a big part of the building block for the Islanders hockey dynasty between 1980 to 1983

Although the NHL had to compete hard with the WHA to sign these amateur players, they managed to sign all 16 of their first-round draft picks before the rival league could. The NHL-WHA competition was so fierce that the Toronto Maple Leafs offered a staggering, at the time, five-year $600,000 contract for right winger Lanny McDonald of the Medicine Hat Tigers , which kept the No. 4 pick from signing with the WHA's Cleveland Crusaders.

Eligible for the draft were all amateur players born before January 1, 1954 The NHL paid a lump sum to the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association to support major junior hockey as a group. Teams could offer a player a contract at any time after the draft without risking then re-entering a future NHL draft.

Selections by round[edit | edit source]

Below are listed the selections in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft.

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Round one[edit | edit source]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
1 Denis Potvin Defence Flag of Canada.jpg New York Islanders Ottawa 67's (OHA)
2 Tom Lysiak Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Atlanta Flames Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
3 Dennis Ververgaert Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg Vancouver Canucks London Knights (OHA)
4 Lanny McDonald Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg Toronto Maple Leafs Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
5 John Davidson Goaltender Flag of Canada.jpg St. Louis Blues Calgary Wranglers (WCHL)
6 Andre Savard Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Boston Bruins Québec Remparts (QMJHL)
7 Blaine Stoughton Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg Pittsburgh Penguins Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL)
8 Bob Gainey Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Montreal Canadiens Peterborough Petes (OHA)
9 Bob Dailey Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Vancouver Canucks Toronto Marlboros (OHA)
10 Bob Neely Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Toronto Maple Leafs Peterborough Petes (OHA)
11 Terry Richardson Goaltender Flag of Canada.jpg Detroit Red Wings New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
12 Morris Titanic Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Buffalo Sabres Sudbury Wolves (OHA)
13 Darcy Rota Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Chicago Black Hawks Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)
14 Rick Middleton Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg New York Rangers Oshawa Generals (OHA)
15 Ian Turnbull Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Toronto Maple Leafs Ottawa 67's (OHA)
16 Vic Mercredi Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Atlanta Flames New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round two[edit | edit source]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
17 Glenn Goldup Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg Montreal Canadiens Toronto (OHA)
18 Blake Dunlop Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Minnesota North Stars Ottawa (OHA)
19 Paulin Bordeleau Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg Vancouver Canucks Toronto (OHA)
20 Larry Goodenough Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Philadelphia Flyers London (OHA)
21 Eric Vail Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Atlanta Flames Sudbury (OHA)
22 Peter Marrin Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Montreal Canadiens Toronto (OHA)
23 Wayne Bianchin Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Pittsburgh Penguins Flin Flon (WCHL)
24 George Pesut Defence Flag of Canada.jpg St. Louis Blues Saskatoon (WCHL)
25 John Rogers Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg Minnesota North Stars Edmonton (WCHL)
26 Brent Leavins Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Philadelphia Flyers Swift Current (WCHL)
27 Colin Campbell Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Pittsburgh Penguins Peterborough (OHA)
28 Jean Landry Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Buffalo Sabres Quebec (QMJHL)
29 Reg Thomas Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Chicago Black Hawks London (OHA)
30 Pat Hickey Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg New York Rangers Hamilton (OHA)
31 Jimmy Jones Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg Boston Bruins Peterborough (OHA)
32 Ron Andruff Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Montreal Canadiens Flin Flon (WCHL)
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round three[edit | edit source]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
33 Dave Lewis Defence Flag of Canada.jpg New York Islanders Saskatoon (WCHL)
34 Jeff Jacques Centre Flag of Canada.jpg California Golden Seals St. Catharines (OHA)
35 Paul Sheard Right wing Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Vancouver Canucks Ottawa (OHA)
36 Doug Gibson Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Boston Bruins Peterborough (OHA)
37 Ed Humphreys Goaltender Montreal Canadiens Saskatoon (WCHL)
38 Russ Walker Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg Los Angeles Kings Saskatoon (WCHL)
39 Nelson Pyatt Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Detroit Red Wings Oshawa (OHA)
40 Bob Stumpf Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg Philadelphia Flyers New Westminster (WCHL)
41 Rick Chinnick Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg Minnesota North Stars Peterborough (OHA)
42 Mike Clarke Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Philadelphia Flyers Calgary (WCHL)
43 Robbie Neale Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Detroit Red Wings Brandon (WCHL)
44 Andre Deschamps Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Buffalo Sabres Quebec (QMJHL)
45 Randy Holt Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Chicago Black Hawks Sudbury (OHA)
46 John Campbell Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg New York Rangers Sault Ste. Marie (OHA)
47 Al Sims Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Boston Bruins Cornwall (QMJHL)
48 Bob Gassoff Defence Flag of Canada.jpg St. Louis Blues Medicine Hat (WCHL)
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round four[edit | edit source]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
49 Andre St. Laurent Centre Flag of Canada.jpg New York Islanders Montreal (QMJHL)
50 Ron Serafini Defence Flag of the United States United States California Golden Seals St. Catharines (OHA)
51 Keith Mackie Defence Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Vancouver Canucks Edmonton (WCHL)
52 Frank Rochon Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Toronto Maple Leafs Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
53 Dean Talafous Centre Flag of the United States United States Atlanta Flames Wisconsin (NCAA)
54 Jim McCrimmon Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Los Angeles Kings Medicine Hat (WCHL)
55 Dennis Owchar Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Pittsburgh Penguins Toronto (OHA)
56 Alan Hangsleben Defence Flag of the United States United States Montreal Canadiens North Dakota (NCAA)
57 Tom Colley Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Minnesota North Stars Sudbury (OHA)
58 Dale Cook Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Philadelphia Flyers Victoria (WCHL)
59 Mike Korney Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Detroit Red Wings Winnipeg (WCHL)
60 Yvon Dupuis Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg Buffalo Sabres Quebec (QMJHL)
61 Dave Elliott Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Chicago Black Hawks Winnipeg (WCHL)
62 Brian Molvik Defence Flag of Canada.jpg New York Rangers Calgary (WCHL)
63 Steve Langdon Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Boston Bruins London (OHA)
64 Richard Latulippe Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Montreal Canadiens Quebec (QMJHL)
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round five[edit | edit source]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
65 Ron Kennedy Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg New York Islanders New Westminster (WCHL)
66 Jim Moxey Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg California Golden Seals Hamilton (OHA)
67 Paul O'Neil Centre Flag of the United States United States Vancouver Canucks Boston University (NCAA)
68 Gord Titcomb Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Toronto Maple Leafs St. Catharines (OHA)
69 John Flesch Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Atlanta Flames Lake Superior (NCAA)
70 Dennis Abgrall Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg Los Angeles Kings Saskatoon (WCHL)
71 Guido Tenesi Defence Flag of the United States United States Pittsburgh Penguins Oshawa (OHA)
72 Bill Laing Centre Flag of Canada.jpg St. Louis Blues Saskatoon (WCHL)
73 Lowell Ostlund Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Minnesota North Stars Saskatoon (WCHL)
74 Michel Latreille Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Philadelphia Flyers Montreal (QMJHL)
75 Blair Stewart Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Detroit Red Wings Winnipeg (WCHL)
76 Bob Smulders Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg Buffalo Sabres Peterborough (OHA)
77 Dan Hinton Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Chicago Black Hawks Sault Ste. Marie (OHA)
78 Pierre Laganiere Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg New York Rangers Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
79 Peter Crosbie Goaltender Flag of Canada.jpg Boston Bruins London (OHA)
80 Gerard Gibbons Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Montreal Canadiens St. Mary's AUAA
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round six[edit | edit source]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
81 Keith Smith Defence Flag of Canada.jpg New York Islanders Brown (NCAA)
82 Willie Trognitz Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg California Golden Seals Thunder Bay Juniors
83 Jim Cowell Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Vancouver Canucks Ottawa (OHA)
84 Doug Marit Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Toronto Maple Leafs Regina (WCHL)
85 Ken Houston Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Atlanta Flames Chatham SOJHL
86 Blair MacDonald Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg Los Angeles Kings Cornwall (QMJHL)
87 Don Seiling Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Pittsburgh Penguins Oshawa (OHA)
88 Randy Smith Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg St. Louis Blues Edmonton (WCHL)
89 David Lee Left wing Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Minnesota North Stars Ottawa (OHA)
90 Doug Ferguson Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Philadelphia Flyers Hamilton (OHA)
91 Glenn Cickello Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Detroit Red Wings Hamilton (OHA)
92 Neil Korzack Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Buffalo Sabres Peterborough (OHA)
93 Garry Doerksen Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Chicago Black Hawks Winnipeg (WCHL)
94 Dwayne Pentland Defence Flag of Canada.jpg New York Rangers Brandon (WCHL)
95 J.P. Burgoyne Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Boston Bruins Shawinigan (QMJHL)
96 Denis Patry Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg Montreal Canadiens Drummondville (QMJHL)
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round seven[edit | edit source]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
97 Don Cutts Goaltender Flag of Canada.jpg New York Islanders RPI (NCAA)
98 Paul Tantardini Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg California Golden Seals Downsview Bombers Ontario Jr. A
99 Clay Hebenton Goaltender Flag of Canada.jpg Vancouver Canucks Portland WCJHL
100 Dan Follet Goaltender Flag of Canada.jpg Toronto Maple Leafs Downsview Bombers Ontario Jr. A
101 Tom Machowski Defence Flag of the United States United States Atlanta Flames Wisconsin (NCAA)
102 Roly Kimble Goaltender Flag of Canada.jpg Los Angeles Kings Hamilton (OHA)
103 Terry Ewasiuk Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Pittsburgh Penguins Victoria (WCHL)
104 John Wensink Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg St. Louis Blues Cornwall (QMJHL)
105 Lou Nistico Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Minnesota North Stars London (OHA)
106 Tom Young Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Philadelphia Flyers Sudbury (OHA)
107 Brian Middleton Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Detroit Red Wings Alberta (NCAA)
108 Bob Young Defence Flag of the United States United States Buffalo Sabres Denver (NCAA)
109 Wayne Dye Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Chicago Black Hawks New Westminster (WCHL)
110 Denis Andersen Defence Flag of Canada.jpg New York Islanders New Westminster (WCHL)
111 Walter Johnson Right wing Flag of the United States United States Boston Bruins Oshawa (OHA)
112 Michel Belisle Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Montreal Canadiens Montreal (QMJHL)
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round eight[edit | edit source]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
113 Mike Kennedy Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg New York Islanders Kitchener (OHA)
114 Bruce Greig Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg California Golden Seals Vancouver (WCHL)
115 John Senkpiel Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Vancouver Canucks Vancouver (WCHL)
116 Les Burgess Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Toronto Maple Leafs Kitchener (OHA)
117 Bob Law Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg Atlanta Flames North Dakota (WCHA)
118 Dennis Polonich Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Detroit Red Wings Flin Flon (WCHL)
119 Fred Comrie Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Pittsburgh Penguins Edmonton (WCHL)
120 Jean Tetreault Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg St. Louis Blues Drummondville (QMJHL)
121 George Beveridge Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Minnesota North Stars Kitchener (OHA)
122 Norm Barnes Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Philadelphia Flyers Michigan State (NCAA)
123 George Lyle Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Detroit Red Wings Michigan Tech (NCAA)
124 Tim O'Connell Right wing Flag of the United States United States Buffalo Sabres Vermont (NCAA)
125 Jim Koleff Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Chicago Black Hawks Hamilton (OHA)
126 Denis Desgagnes Centre Flag of Canada.jpg New York Islanders Sorel (QMJHL)
127 Virgil Gates Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Boston Bruins Swift Current (WCHL)
128 Mario Desjardins Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Montreal Canadiens Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round nine[edit | edit source]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
129 Bob Lorimer Defence Flag of Canada.jpg New York Islanders Michigan Tech (NCAA)
130 Larry Patey Centre Flag of Canada.jpg California Golden Seals Braintree NEJHL
131 Peter Folco Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Vancouver Canucks Quebec (QMJHL)
132 Dave Pay Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Toronto Maple Leafs Wisconsin (NCAA)
133 Bob Bilodeau Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Atlanta Flames New Westminster (WCHL)
134 Gord Lane Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Pittsburgh Penguins New Westminster (WCHL)
135 Dennis O'Brien Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Detroit Red Wings Laurentian CIAU
136 Jim Johnston Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Minnesota North Stars Peterborough (OHA)
137 Dan O'Donohue Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Philadelphia Flyers Sault Ste. Marie (OHA)
138 Tom Newman Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Detroit Red Wings Kitchener (OHA)
139 Ray Bibeau Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Detroit Red Wings Montreal (QMJHL)
140 Jack Johnson Defence Flag of the United States United States Chicago Black Hawks Wisconsin (NCAA)
141 Steve Alley Left wing Flag of the United States United States Chicago Black Hawks Wisconsin (NCAA)
142 Jim Pettie Goaltender Flag of Canada.jpg Boston Bruins St. Catharines (OHA)
143 Bob Wright Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg Montreal Canadiens Pembroke Lumber Kings CJAHL
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round ten[edit | edit source]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
144 Lee Palmer Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Toronto Maple Leafs Clarkson (NCAA)
145 Doug Mahood Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg California Golden Seals Sault Ste. Marie (OHA)
146 Terry McDougall Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Vancouver Canucks Swift Current (WCHL)
147 Bob Peace Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Toronto Maple Leafs Cornell (NCAA)
148 Glen Surbey Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Atlanta Flames Loyola College (NCAA)
149 Guy Ross Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Atlanta Flames Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
150 Randy Aimoe Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Pittsburgh Penguins Medicine Hat (WCHL)
151 Kevin Neville Goaltender Flag of Canada.jpg Detroit Red Wings Toronto (OHA)
152 Sam Clegg Goaltender Flag of Canada.jpg Minnesota North Stars Medicine Hat (WCHL)
153 Brian Dick Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg Philadelphia Flyers Winnipeg (WCHL)
154 Ken Gibb Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Detroit Red Wings North Dakota (NCAA)
155 Mitch Brandt Defence Flag of the United States United States Detroit Red Wings Denver (NCAA)
156 Rick Clubbe Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Chicago Black Hawks North Dakota (NCAA)
157 Yvan Bouillon Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Boston Bruins Cornwall (QMJHL)
158 Alain Labrecque Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Montreal Canadiens Trois-Rivieres (QMJHL)
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round eleven[edit | edit source]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
159 Norm McLeod Left wing Flag of Canada.jpg Toronto Maple Leafs Ottawa (OHA Jr. A)
160 Angie Moretto Centre Flag of Canada.jpg California Golden Seals Michigan (NCAA)
161 Russ Wiechnik Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Minnesota North Stars Calgary (WCHL)
162 Greg Fox Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Atlanta Flames Michigan (WCHA)
163 Max Hansen Left wing Flag of the United States United States Minnesota North Stars Sudbury (OHA)
164 Don McLeod Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Pittsburgh Penguins Saskatoon (WCHL)
165 Gene Strate Defence Flag of Canada.jpg Chicago Black Hawks Edmonton (WCHL)
166 Gord Halliday Right wing Flag of Canada.jpg Montreal Canadiens Pennsylvania (ECAC)
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round twelve[edit | edit source]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
167 Cap Raeder Goaltender Flag of the United States United States Montreal Canadiens New Hampshire (NCAA)
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round thirteen[edit | edit source]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
168 Louis Chiasson Centre Flag of Canada.jpg Montreal Canadiens Trois-Rivieres (QMJHL)
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.
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