NHL Draft History

Dude, where’s my draft pick?

That pick traded on Deadline Day could be far from an afterthought
Steve Kournianos  |  3/3//2017 |  New York  |  

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Max Pacioretty was the first round pick the Canadiens acquired in 2007 by unloading pending free agent defenseman Craig Rivet to San Jose.

The NHL’s annual trade deadline has come and gone, and while this year’s less-than-impressive event failed to deliver on the promise of widespread excitement and intrigue, general managers once again doled out future draft choices for rentals and graybeards. Whether the moves work out or not remains to be seen. But if you’re part of the dumbfounded collective that saw teams trade away those ever-precious draft picks for aging relics or guys too expensive to keep, you’re probably still looking for answers. Or that unfinished bottle of vodka. Or both.

Using hindsight as our spotter, we’ve examined and assessed the last 45 years of NHL trades made on or around the trade deadline that involved draft picks of any kind. We did, however, omit the draft picks that were acuired on Deadline Day but later shipped for an additional team (or two) to use at the draft. For example, the Los Angeles Kings on Deadline Day ’07 acquired a second round pick in 2007 after trading defenseman Brent Sopel to the Vancouver Canucks and kept it to select Wayne Simmonds. On the other hand, the Tampa Bay Lightning, who in the winter of 2014 acquired Ryan Callahan and two first round picks from the New York Rangers in exchange for Martin St. Louis, later flipped both first rounder to the New York Islanders. For the sake of brevity, we kept trades that involved three teams or more out of the analysis. Furthermore, we listed only the key components traded for draft picks rather than include all those involved. Again, it was to keep this project short and to the point. Keep in mind that the tables below list only draft picks hat we considered to be notable, as this is a project showing both the positive and negative side of acquiring draft choices at the deadline.

Whatever the case may be, hearing or seeing the news that draft picks were traded can unleash a bevy of uncontrollable emotions. Compounding matters —  especially in this era of “I need to know and I need to know NOW!” — are the cloudy trade specifics that seemingly take hours, sometimes days to sort out. So why all the fuss? Why am I making such a big deal about years and picks in say, 2019, when your team is gunning for a Cup run this year? Because going into Draft Day with an otherwise barren cupboard of picks not only robs an organization of assets, but makes most of us feel like a left-out preschooler who didn’t get invited to a birthday party. If you’re on the other end of the trade, it usually means your team stunk, gave up on the season and wanted to give the fans something — anything — to be excited about.

When it comes to improving their hockey clubs, front office types will always defer to trading their right to select players in the after-season entry draft rather than deal an established NHL player or a promising prospect. This fire-and-forget strategy in search of instant gratification makes total sense on the surface — there is no human element to consider when trading away a draft pick which on Deadline Day is nothing but a number on a board. There are no difficult phone calls to make or families to uproot. And like players, draft picks from an emotional standpoint are far easier to replace than the player a coach or GM has grown to love.

Nevertheless, whether bolstering a contender for the Stanley Cup or looking for a final piece to sneak into the playoffs, a general manager assuming risk on Deadline Day is most certainly part of his job description. And while he’ll justify mortgaging a portion of his team’s future with cliche after cliche, there’s always the possibility for regret. When it comes to trading draft picks, one man’s trash becomes another man’s treasure. And if you go by the list below, treasure is a subtle way of describing a diamond mine.

NHL Draft Boards are like Grandmothers and snowflakes — no two are alike. So it’s folly to think Team A was going to draft the same player chosen by Team B after acquirung the pick from Team A on Deadline Day. Still, fans are pretty protective of their team’s draft picks, and losing one (or a bunch) in one day is tough to get over.

Trade Deadlines By Year

2015

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK  DRAFT PLAYER DRAFTED
1/14/15 Devan Dubnyk MIN ARI 3rd 81 2015 Brendan Warren
2/25/15 Jiri Tlusty WPG CAR 5th 138 2015 Spencer Smallman
2/28/15 Tim Gleason WSH CAR 4th 93 2015 Callum Booth
2/28/15 Tomas Fleischmann ANA FLA 3rd 88 2015 Thomas Schemitsch
2/28/15 Antoine Vermette CHI ARI 1st 30 2015 Nick Merkley
3/1/15 Erik Cole DET DAL 2nd 49 2015 Roope Hintz
3/1/15 Brett Connolly BOS TB 2nd 44 2015 Matt Spencer
3/2/15* Jordan Leopold MIN CBJ 5th 141 2015 Veeti Vainio
3/2/15* Braydon Coburn TB PHI 3rd 90 2015 Matej Tomek
3/2/15* James Wisniewski ANA CBJ 2nd 58 2015 Kevin Stenlund
3/2/15* Jeff Petry MTL EDM 5th 117 2015 Caleb Jones
3/2/15* Sven Baertschi VAN CGY 2nd 53 2015 Rasmus Andersson

2014

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Arizona’s top rookie Christian Dvorak was picked with the 2nd rounder acquired at the 2014 deadline for journeyman defenseman David Rundbald.

DATE PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFT
3/5/14 Raphael Diaz NYR VAN 5th 149 Adam Gaudette 2015
1/4/14 Dan Carcillo NYR LAK 7th 209 Spencer Watson 2014
3/5/14 Marcel Goc PIT FLA 3rd 77 Samuel Montembeault 2015
3/4/14 Ilya Bryzgalov MIN EDM 4th 91 William Lagesson 2014
3/5/14 Andrej Meszaros BOS PHI 3rd 86 Mark Friedman 2014
3/5/14 Lee Stempniak PIT CGY 3rd 83 Matteson Iacopelli 2014
3/4/14 Andrew MacDonald PHI NYI 3rd 78 Ilya Sorokin 2014
3/5/14 Hudson Fasching BUF LAK 2nd 43 Erik Cernak 2015
3/4/14 David Rundblad CHI ARI 2nd 58 Christian Dvorak 2014

2013

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
2/23/12 Jeff Carter LAK CBJ 1st 27 Marko Dano 2013
3/22/13 Matt D’Agostini NJD STL 5th 127 Nikko Mikkola 2015
3/24/13 Joe Morrow DAL PIT 3rd 77 Jake Guentzel 2013
3/25/13 Douglas Murray PIT SJS 2nd 54 Noah Rod 2014
3/28/13 Jarome Iginla PIT CGY 1st 28 Morgan Klimchuk 2014
3/30/13 Jordon Leopold STL BUF 2nd 52 Justin Bailey 2013
4/2/13 Ryan Clowe NYR SJS 5th 149 Rourke Chartier 2014
4/2/13 Jaromir Jagr BOS DAL 1st 29 Jason Dickinson 2013
4/3/13* Wade Redden STL BOS 6th 176 Samuel Blais 2014
4/3/13* Ben Bishop TB OTT 4th 102 Tobias Lindberg 2013
4/3/13* Jason Pominville BUF BUF 1st 16 Nikita Zadorov 2013

2012

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
1/20/12 Alexei Ponikarovsky NJD CAR 4th 120 Jaccob Slavin 2012
2/16/12 Nicklas Grossman PHI DAL 2nd 61 Devin Shore 2012
2/21/12 Kyle Quincey DET TB 1st 19 Andrei Vasilevski 2012
2/27/12 2012 1st Round Pick (Mark Jankowski) BUF NSH 4th 99 Juuse Saros 2013

2011

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Edmonton’s Oscar Klefbom is developing into one of the game’s top young defenseman. The Oilers drafted him in the first round in 2011 with the pick they received by trading Dustin Penner to the Kings.

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
2/28/11 Dustin Penner LAK EDM 1st 19 Oscar Klefbom 2011
2/28/11 Maxime Lapierre VAN ANA 3rd 87 Frederik Andersen 2012

2009

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
3/4/09 Antoine Vermette CBJ OTT 2nd 46 Robin Lehner 2009

2008

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
2/25/08 Vaclav Prospal PHI TB 2nd 52 Richard Panik 2009
2/26/08 Adam Foote COL CBJ 4th 95 David Savard 2009
2/26/08 Hal Gill PIT TOR 2nd 60 Jimmy Hayes 2008
2/26/08 Martin Lapointe CHI OTT 6th 169 Ben Smith 2008
2/26/08 Bryan Campbell SJS BUF 1st 26 Tyler Ennis 2008

2007

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Power forward Wayne Simmonds was skipped over in the 2006 draft, but he became property of the Los Angeles Kings after the Vancouver Canucks traded their 2007 second rounder for defenseman Brent Sopel.

DATE TRADED PLAYER(S) TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
1/29/07 Craig Conroy CGY LAK 4th 109 Dwight King 2007
2/10/07 Andrew Ference & Chuck Kobasew BOS CGY 4th 114 T.J. Brodie 2008
2/25/07 Craig Rivet SJS MTL 1st 22 Max Pacioretty 2007
2/26/07 Brent Sopel VAN LAK 2nd 61 Wayne Simmonds 2007
2/27/07 Todd Bertuzzi DET FLA 2nd 58 Nick Spaling 2008
2/27/07 Nolan Schaefer STL SJS 7th 201 Justin Braun 2007
2/27/07 Bill Guerin SJS STL 1st 26 David Perron 2007

2006

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Before he actually played for Edmonton, Milan Lucic was Boston’s second rounder in 2006 — a pick the Bruins acquired from the Oilers in the Sergei Samsonov trade.

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
3/9/06 Sergei Samsonov EDM BOS 2nd 50 Milan Lucic 2006
3/9/06 Brendan Witt NSH WSH 1st 23 Semyon Varlamov 2006

2005

No Trade Deadline (Work Stoppage)

2004

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The 2004 trade deadline saw a lot of movement, including a seemingly minor deal where the Predators took eventual franchise goalie Pekka Rinne with the eighth rounder acquired from Tampa for eventual Swiss League journeyman Timo Helbling.

DATE TRADED PLAYER(S) TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
2/25/04 Timo Hebling TB NSH 8th 258 Pekka Rinne 2004
2/27/04 Robert Lang DET WSH 1st 29 Mike Green 2004
3/5/04 Brad Bombardir & Sergei Zholtok NSH MIN 3rd 79 Clayton Stoner 2004
3/8/04 Keith Ballard & Derek Morris ARI COL 2nd 44 Paul Stastny 2005
3/8/04 Vladimir Malakhov PHI NYR 2nd 41 Ondrej Pavalec 2005
3/9/04 Alex Karpovtsev NYI CHI 3rd 108 Niklas Hjalmarsson 2005

2003

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
3/10/03 Chris Gratton ARI BUF 3rd 71 Andrej Sekera 2004
3/10/04 Lyle Odelein DAL CHI 7th 214 Troy Brouwer 2004

2002

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
3/18/02 Pavel Bure NYR FLA 1st 10 Eric Nystrom 2002

2001

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
2/21/01 Rob Blake LAK COL 1st 26 Brian Boyle 2003
3/13/01 Aki Berg TOR LAK 2nd 49 Michael Cammalleri 2001

2000

DATE TRADED PLAYER(S) TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
3/9/00 Brian Holzinger, Wayne Primeau & Cory Sarich TB BUF 2nd 32 Derek Roy 2001

1999

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Buffalo drafted Ryan Miller with a throw-in fifth round pick they acquired (along with key defenseman Rhett Warrener) from Florida when they shipped rearguard Mike Wilson at the deadline in 1999.

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
2/28/99 Theo Fleury COL CGY 2nd 46 Jarret Stoll 2000
3/23/99 Mike Wilson FLA BUF 5th 138 Ryan Miller 1999

1998

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The Tampa Bay Lightning won the 2004 Stanley Cup thanks to Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards — two picks from the 1998 draft the Bolts acquired via deadline deals. San Jose owned Florida’s 1998 first rounder from the Viktor Kozlov trade, then flipped the right to swap picks with Tampa at the deadline in 1998 in exchange for rugged defenseman Bryan Marchment. The Lightning selected Lecavalier with the first overall pick, then used Calgary’s third rounder (acquired for Jason Wiemer) to draft Brad Richards, who won the 2004 Conn Smythe trophy.

DATE TRADED PLAYER(S) TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
3/24/98 Jason Wiemer CGY TB 3rd 64 Brad Richards 1998
3/24/98 Jamie Macoun DET TOR 4th 87 Alexei Ponikarovsky 1998
3/24/98 Bryan Marchment & right to swap 1st Round Picks  SJS TB 1st 1st Vincent Lecavalier 1998

1996

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Looking to make another deep playoff run, the Toronto Maple Leafs on Deadline Day ’96 traded their 1997 first round pick (along with several others) to the New York Islanders for sniper Wendel Clark and defenseman Mathieu Schneider. The Islanders used that pick to select goalie Roberto Luongo (pictured), who they later shipped to Florida for Oleg Kvasha and Mark Parrish. Luongo is fifth all-time with 453 wins.

DATE TRADED PLAYER(S) TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
3/20/96 Jesse Belanger VAN FLA 3rd 65 Oleg Kvasha 1996
3/20/96 Yuri Khmylev STL BUF 2nd 27 Cory Sarich 1996
3/20/96 Yuri Khmylev STL BUF 3rd 69 Maxim Afinogenov 1997
3/19/96 Kerry Huffman PHI OTT 9th 239 Sami Salo 1996
3/13/96 Wendel Clark & Matthieu Schneider TOR NYI 1st 4 Roberto Luongo 1997
2/15/96 Michal Grosek & Darryl Shannon BUF WPG 1st 24 Daniel Briere 1996

1995

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
3/3/95 Johan Garpenlov FLA SJS 5th 117 Jaroslav Spacek 1998
3/23/95 Pat Verbeek NYR HAR 1st 13 J.S. Giguere 1995

1994

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Chris Drury was a clutch player who won at every level, including a Stanley Cup in 2001 with the Colorado Avalanche after the franchise moved from Quebec in 1995.

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
2/13/94 Rights to Manny Fernandez DAL QUE 3rd 72 Chris Drury 1994

1993

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
2/25/93 Brad Miller TOR OTT 9th 227 Pavol Demitra 1993

1991

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
3/5/91 Marc Bureau CGY MIN 3rd 52 Sandy McCarthy 1991

1990

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Power winger Mikael Renberg was a member of Philadelphia’s famed “Legion of Doom” line in the late-1990s. Out of the playoff picture when the deadline rolled around in 1990, the Flyers sent stay-at-home defenseman Jay Wells to Buffalo in exchange for the second rounder used to select Renberg.

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
3/5/90 Jay Wells BUF PHI 2nd 40 Mikael Renberg 1990

1989

DATE TRADED PLAYER(S) TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
3/7/89 Lindy Ruff NYR BUF 5th 97 Richard Smehlik 1990
3/6/89 Grant Ledyard & Clint Malarchuk BUF WSH 2nd 35 Byron Dafoe 1989
3/6/89 Calle Johannson WSH BUF 6th 124 Bryan Holzoinger 1991
3/4/89 Perry Berezan & Shane Churla MIN CGY 4th 70 Robert Reichel 1989
2/7/89 Dave Brown EDM PHI 6th 122 Dmitry Yuskevich 1991

1988

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
3/8/88 Steve Tsujiura BOS NJD 10th 207 Alexander Semak 1988
2/11/88 Steve Dykstra EDM BUF 9th 183 Donald Audette 1989

1987

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
3/5/87 Mark Osborne NYR NYR 3rd 45 Rob Zamuner 1989

1984

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
3/5/84 Randy Carlyle WPG PIT 1st 9th Doug Bodger 1984

1982

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
3/9/82 Guy Lapointe STL MON 2nd 27 Sergio Momesso 1983
3/8/82 Jim Korn TOR DET 5th 88 Joe Kocur 1983

1981

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The Los Angeles Kings were looking to get tougher in 1981, so they acquired Rick Chartraw from the Montreal Canadiens for a second rounder. Montreal later used the pick to select pesky goal scorer Claude “Pepe” Lemieux, who went on to win four Stanley Cups (with three different franchises) and appear in over 1200 NHL games.

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
3/10/81 1983 3rd Rnd pick & swap 1984 4th Rnd picks MON COL 4th 74 Paul Ysebaert 1984
3/10/81 Rick Martin LAK BUF 1st 5 Tom Barrasso 1983
2/17/81 Rick Chartraw LAK MON 2nd 26 Claude Lemieux 1983

1980

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Not only was Phil Housley one of the greatest American-born hockey players to ever play the game, but he too was drafted via a pick acquired at the trade deadline. The Los Angeles Kings made a habit of trading away first round picks, so it came as no surprise in March of 1980 when they acquired defenseman Jerry Korab from Buffalo for what turned out to be the sixth overall pick in the 1982 draft. The Sabres used it on Housley, who was a seven-time all star and late enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015.

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
3/10/80 Jerry Korab LAK BUF 1st 6 Phil Housley 1982

1978

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
2/13/78 Craig Muni TOR DET 2nd 31 Al Jensen 1978
2/13/78 Al Jensen DET TOR 2nd 25 Craig Muni 1980

1976

DATE TRADED PLAYER(S) TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
3/8/76 Bobby Taylor & Ed Van Impe PHI PIT 8th 135 Pete Peeters 1977

1974

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
2/14/74 Gene Carr LAK NYR 1st 13 Ron Duguay 1977
3/9/74 Dave Gardner MON STL 1st 7 Doug Risebrough 1974

1973

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
3/3/73 Jacques Plante BOS TOR 1st 15 Ian Turnbull 1973

1971

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No team’s draft singulary personifies the term “The Rich Get Richer” better than what the Montreal Canadiens pulled off in 1971. Less than a month after winning their 18th championship, the Blanc, Bleu et Rouge drafted two future Hall of Famers in Guy Lafleur and Larry Robinson (pictured) — picks acquired via trades in 1970. Robinson was drafted in 1971 with the second round pick the Habs received (along with Dennis Hextall) when they moved aging star Dick Duff to the Los Angeles Kings. Both Lafleur and Robinson paid immediate dividends — the Habs won five Cups in the eight years after their famed 1971 draft.

DATE TRADED PLAYER TO FROM ROUND PICK PLAYER DRAFTED DRAFT
1/23/70 Dick Duff LAK MON 2nd 20 Larry Robinson 1971
1/31/71 Mike Walton & Bruce Gamble PHI TOR 2nd 22 Rick Kehoe 1971