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. If 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
One of this site's
all-time most-visited profiles is that of Duncan MacPherson, a 1984 first-round pick who was killed on an Austrian ski slope in 1989. Unresolved questions surrounding his death have led to books, documentary films, and more.
Top 2017 Prospects
The 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 for 150-plus players. Bookmark the page, because profiles will be added during the season.
NCAA Recruiting History
guy here is Mike Antonovich, one of the first players recruited by the University of Minnesota after freshmen were allowed to play varsity. In an effort to expand this site's scope, NCAA recruiting history
will be added, beginning with the Gophers'
recruits since 1969. Look for new schools each month.
Let Me Do the Research for You
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