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Welcome to Hockey Draft Central!

In 1996, I published what might have been the Internet's first set of NHL Entry Draft lists -- ranging from 1963 to 1995. Back then the web was in its infancy and all things were possible. I I had been smart, I would have done more with it. Instead, I abandoned it. Oh well.

This site was reborn in 1999 and then again in 2001. At the time, the commitment was to honor all drafted players and to work from the earliest drafted players until the most recent.

Inactive from 2005 to 2013, the site continued to attract a small, loyal following -- leading to its resurrection in 2014, when major-junior and WHA draft lists were included for the first time.

The philosophy has changed again. This is now a site that works from the present backwards. New profiles will be added in reverse order to highlight active players. Here's to the next 20 years.
-- Dan David, Publisher

 Player of the Month

DrydenHockey Hall of Famer Ken Dryden is arguably the greatest draft pick who ever got away from the team that drafted him. Although his is a Canadiens (and Canadian) legend, the team that had him at the 1964 draft was Boston. Oops.

Top 2017 Prospects

2017 NHL Entry DraftThe 2017 NHL Entry Draft takes place next June in Chicago. Get a sense of the draft class with a comprehensive look at top prospects. You'll find photos, video clips, links to news stories, and much more. Bookmark the page, because profiles will be added during the season.

Faces of the First Round

Faces of the First RoundThis new feature lets you review the opening round of a given draft year and see the players on or close to their draft day. All at once, all at one glance. We begin this month with a look back at Round 1 of the 2016 draft, held on June 24 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

Let Me Do the Research for You

Research, Baby!I own a lot of hockey publications, spanning the past 50 years, and I have access to many newspapers online. If you are working on a big research project, my services are available. E-mail me at dan@hockeydraftcentral.com.