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The 1999 NHL Expansion Draft was held on June 25, 1999, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The draft took place to fill the roster of the league's expansion team for the 1999–2000 season, the Atlanta Thrashers.


The Thrashers were to select 26 players, one from each existing franchise (except for the Nashville Predators) at the time of the draft. Each franchise was allowed to protect either one goaltender, five defensemen, and nine forwards or two goaltenders, three defensemen, and seven forwards. Teams which lost goaltenders in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft (Anaheim, Los Angeles, Montreal, New Jersey and the New York Rangers) could not lose a goaltender in the 1999 Draft.

The Thrashers were to choose at least three goaltenders, eight defensemen, and thirteen forwards. Their final two choices could be from any position.

Draft Results

These results are numbered 1–26 for aesthetic purposes, but the players were not necessarily chosen in this order. As the Thrashers were the only team participating in the draft, the order is inconsequential.

# Player Drafted from
1. Trevor Kidd (G) Carolina Hurricanes
2. Norm Maracle (G) Detroit Red Wings
3. Corey Schwab (G) Tampa Bay Lightning
4. Petr Buzek (D) Dallas Stars
5. Brett Clark (D) Montreal Canadiens
6. Kevin Dean (D) New Jersey Devils
7. Maxim Galanov (D) Pittsburgh Penguins
8. David Harlock (D) New York Islanders
9. Jamie Pushor (D) Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
10. Darryl Shannon (D) Buffalo Sabres
11. Chris Tamer (D) New York Rangers
12. Mark Tinordi (D) Washington Capitals
13. Yannick Tremblay (D) Toronto Maple Leafs
14. Kelly Buchberger (RW) Edmonton Oilers
15. Sylvain Cloutier (C) Chicago Blackhawks
16. Phil Crowe (RW) Ottawa Senators
17. Peter Ferraro (RW) Boston Bruins
18. Johan Garpenlov (LW) Florida Panthers
19. Jody Hull (RW) Philadelphia Flyers
20. Matt Johnson (LW) Los Angeles Kings
21. Tomi Kallio (LW) Colorado Avalanche
22. Steve Staios (RW/D) Vancouver Canucks
23. Mike Stapleton (C) Phoenix Coyotes
24. Ed Ward (RW) Calgary Flames
25. Terry Yake (C) St. Louis Blues
26. Alexei Yegorov (RW) San Jose Sharks


In return for agreeing not to select certain unprotected players, the Thrashers were granted concessions by other franchises. The trades were officially booked as being for "future considerations":


Several of the players selected by the Thrashers in the Expansion Draft did not stay with the team long after the draft. In fact, the Thrashers traded two players later in the same day:

Other players who were no longer on the Thrashers' roster at the start of the 1999–2000 season include the following:

  • Phil Crowe (traded to Nashville for future considerations on June 26, 1999)
  • Jamie Pushor (traded to Dallas for Jason Botterill and cash on July 15, 1999)
  • Terry Yake (claimed off waivers by St. Louis on September 30, 1999)
  • Alexei Yegorov (released before the season began)
  • Mark Tinordi (retired before the season began)


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