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NHL DRAFT: 1ST ROUND PICK HISTORY

Medicine Hat, AB — The NHL Draft is an exciting time for teenagers across the world who played their best throughout the season for the opportunity to be picked by the NHL’s 31 franchises. The Draft kicks off next Friday, June 23rd at the United Centre in Chicago. Friday’s festivities are the highly anticipated 1st Round, the next day the teams are back at it to select their picks in rounds 2 to 7.

This year our own Mason Shaw looks to┬ábe the 125th Tiger in franchise history to be an NHL Draft pick. In multiple final rankings by NHL columists and reporters Shaw has been ranked in the Top 50 and most recently was #35 on Craig Button’s (a NHL reporter with TSN) final draft list, just shy of the 1st Round. But with Mason’s play this past season he could shock some and jump into the top 31 players.

If he does move into the 1st round his potential employers could be the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins who have the 31st pick overall or the runners-up Nashville Predators who will have the 30th pick overall. If Shaw becomes a 1st Round pick this year, he will be just the 25th Tiger in franchise history to be selected in the opening round.

Let’s take a look at the players selected in the 1st Round in our history……

YEAR OVERALL (PICK) PLAYER TEAM DRAFTED TO NHL CAREER STATS
1973 2ND TOM LYSIAK ATLANTA FLAMES 919GP/292G/551A/843PTS/569PIM
4TH LANNY MCDONALD TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 1111GP/500G/506A/1006PTS/899PIM
1975 2ND BARRY DEAN KANSAS CITY SCOUTS 165GP/25G/56A/81PTS/146PIM
4TH BRYAN MAXWELL MINNESOTA NORTH STARS 331GP/18G/77A/95PTS/745PIM
7TH GREG VAYDIK CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 5GP/0G/0A/0PTS/0PIM
1976 6TH DON MURDOCH NEW YORK RANGERS 320GP/121G/116A/237PTS/155PIM
15TH GREG CARROLL WASHINGTON CAPITALS 131GP/20G/34A/54PTS/44PIM
1982 17TH MURRAY CRAVEN DETROIT RED WINGS 1071GP/266G/493A/759PTS/524PIM
1986 4TH NEIL BRADY NEW JERSEY DEVILS 89GP/9G/22A/31PTS/95PIM
15TH MARK PEDERSON MONTREAL CANADIENS 169GP/35G/50A/85PTS/77PIM
1987 4TH WAYNE MCBEAN LOS ANGELES KINGS 211GP/10G/39A/49PTS/168PIM
13TH DEAN CHYNOWETH NEW YORK ISLANDERS 241GP/4G/18A/22PTS/667PIM
1988 2ND TREVOR LINDEN VANCOUVER CANUCKS 1382GP/375G/492A/867PTS/895PIM
1989 18TH JASON MILLER NEW JERSEY DEVILS 6GP/0G/0A/0PTS/0PIM
1992 3RD MIKE RATHJE SAN JOSE SHARKS 768GP/30G/150A/180PTS/491PIM
11TH DAVID COOPER BUFFALO SABRES 30GP/3G/7A/10PTS/24PIM
1993 5TH ROB NIEDERMAYER FLORIDA PANTHERS 1153GP/186G/283A/469PTS/904PIM
1996 8TH JOHNATHAN AITKEN BOSTON BRUINS 44GP/0G/1A/1PT/70PIM
2002 3RD JAY BOUWMEESTER FLORIDA PANTHERS 1071GP/82G/309A/391PTS/559PIM
7TH JOFFREY LUPUL ANAHEIM MIGHTY DUCKS 701GP/205G/215A/420PTS/407PIM
2004 3RD CAM BARKER CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 310GP/21G/75A/96PTS/290PIM
2008 26TH TYLER ENNIS BUFFALO SABRES 419GP/97G/139A/236PTS/168PIM
2010 29TH EMERSON ETEM ANAHEIM DUCKS 173GP/22G/24A/46PTS/30PIM
2013 29TH HUNTER SHINKARUK VANCOUVER CANUCKS 15GP/2G/2A/4PTS/4PIM
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