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List of players who were drafted first overall in the NHL Entry Draft.

NHL 1963-69

Year Player Position Amateur Club Pro Team
1963 Flag of Canada Garry Monahan Forward Peterborough (OHA) Montreal Canadiens
1964 Flag of Canada Claude Gauthier Forward [1] Rosemont Midget Detroit Red Wings
1965 Flag of Canada Andre Veilleux Forward Montreal Jr. B New York Rangers
1966 Flag of Canada Bobby Orr Defenceman Oshawa (OHL) Boston Bruins
1967 Flag of Canada Rick Pagnutti Defenceman Garson (NOHA) Los Angeles Kings
1968 Flag of Canada Michel Plasse Goaltender Drummondville (QJHL) Montreal Canadiens
Prior to 1969, the NHL Draft was a shorter affair. Any amateur player that was 17 years of age and older and was not already sponsored by an NHL club was eligible to be drafted. In 1969 the rules were changed so that any amateur player under the age of 20 was eligible to be drafted. 84 players (more than four times the average in each of the first six drafts) were selected that year.

NHL 1969-present

Year Player Position Amateur Club Pro Team
1969 Flag of Canada Rejean Houle Forward Montreal (OHA) Montreal Canadiens
1970 Flag of Canada Gilbert Perreault Forward Montreal (OHA) Buffalo Sabres
1971 Flag of Canada Guy Lafleur Forward Quebec (QMJHL) Montreal Canadiens
1972 Flag of Canada Billy Harris Forward Peterborough (OHA) New York Islanders
1973 Flag of Canada Denis Potvin Defenceman Ottawa (OHA) New York Islanders
1974 Flag of Canada Greg Joly Defenceman Regina (WCHL) Washington Capitals
1975 Flag of Canada Mel Bridgman Forward Victoria (WCHL) Philadelphia Flyers
1976 Flag of Canada Rick Green Defenceman London (OHA) Washington Capitals
1977 Flag of Canada Dale McCourt Forward Hamilton (OHA) Detroit Red Wings
1978 Flag of Canada Bobby Smith Forward Ottawa (OHA) Minnesota North Stars
1979 Flag of Canada Rob Ramage Defenceman London (OHA) Colorado Rockies
1980 Flag of Canada Doug Wickenheiser Forward Regina (WHL) Montreal Canadiens
1981 Flag of Canada Dale Hawerchuk Forward Cornwall (QMJHL) Winnipeg Jets
1982 Flag of Canada Gord Kluzak Defenceman Billings (WHL) Boston Bruins
1983 Flag of the United States Brian Lawton Forward Mount St. Charles Academy Minnesota North Stars
1984 Flag of Canada Mario Lemieux Forward Laval (QMJHL) Pittsburgh Penguins
1985 Flag of Canada Wendel Clark Forward Saskatoon (WHL) Toronto Maple Leafs
1986 Flag of Canada Joe Murphy Forward Michigan State Detroit Red Wings
1987 Flag of Canada Pierre Turgeon Forward Granby (QMJHL) Buffalo Sabres
1988 Flag of the United States Mike Modano Forward Prince Albert (WHL) Minnesota North Stars
1989 Flag of Sweden Mats Sundin Forward Djurgårdens IF Quebec Nordiques
1990 Flag of Canada Owen Nolan Forward Cornwall (OHL) Quebec Nordiques
1991 Flag of Canada Eric Lindros Forward Oshawa (OHL) Quebec Nordiques
1992 Flag of the Czech Republic Roman Hamrlik Defenceman HC Zlín Tampa Bay Lightning
1993 Flag of Canada Alexandre Daigle Forward Victoriaville (QMJHL) Ottawa Senators
1994 Flag of Canada Ed Jovanovski Defenceman Windsor (OHL) Florida Panthers
1995 Flag of the United States Bryan Berard Defenceman Detroit (OHL) Ottawa Senators
1996 Flag of Canada Chris Phillips Defenceman Prince Albert (WHL) Ottawa Senators
1997 Flag of Canada Joe Thornton Forward Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) Boston Bruins
1998 Flag of Canada Vincent Lecavalier Forward Rimouski (QMJHL) Tampa Bay Lightning
1999 Flag of the Czech Republic Patrik Stefan Forward Long Beach (IHL) Atlanta Thrashers
2000 Flag of the United States Rick DiPietro Goaltender Boston University New York Islanders
2001 Flag of Russia Ilya Kovalchuk Forward Spartak Moscow Atlanta Thrashers
2002 Flag of Canada Rick Nash Forward London (OHL) Columbus Blue Jackets
2003 Flag of Canada Marc-Andre Fleury Goaltender Cape Breton (QMJHL) Pittsburgh Penguins
2004 Flag of Russia Alexander Ovechkin Forward Dynamo Moscow Washington Capitals
2005 Flag of Canada Sidney Crosby Forward Rimouski (QMJHL) Pittsburgh Penguins
2006 Flag of the United States Erik Johnson Defenceman USNDP St. Louis Blues
2007 Flag of the United States Patrick Kane Forward London (OHL) Chicago Blackhawks
2008 Flag of Canada Steven Stamkos Forward Saria (OHL) Tampa Bay Lightning
2009 Flag of Canada John Tavares Forward
2010 Flag of Canada Taylor Hall Forward
2011 Flag of Canada Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Forward
2012 Flag of Russia Nail Yakupov Forward
2013 Flag of Canada Nathan MacKinnon Forward
2014 Flag of Canada Aaron Ekblad Defenceman
2015 Flag of Canada Connor McDavid Forward
2016 Flag of the United States Auston Matthews Forward
2017 Nico Hischier Forward
2018 Flag of Sweden Rasmus Dahlin Defenceman
2019 Flag of the United States Jack Hughes Forward
2020 Flag of Canada Alexis Lafrenière Forward