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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. 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

TkachukIf he were one day older, Brady Tkachuk, would be eligible for this year's draft. Instead, Keith Tkachuk's younger son is forced to wait until the talent-filled 2018 draft to get the call. In the meantime, he's headed for Boston University in the fall.

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 for 150-plus players. Bookmark the page, because profiles will be added during the season.

NCAA Recruiting History

Mike AntonovichThis 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

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.