1973 NHL Amateur Draft

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1973 NHL Amateur Draft
General information
Date(s) May 15, 1973
Location Montreal, Quebec
First selection Canada Denis Potvin
NHL Amateur Draft
 < 1972 1974 > 

The 1973 NHL Amateur Draft, the 11th National Hockey League draft was the first to be held on a separate day from other league activities on May 15, 1973, at the Mount Royal Hotel in Montreal, Quebec so it would not overshadow the rest of the league meetings. Previously, the league had held the amateur draft in mid-June. It also marks the second time the meeting took place at the Mount Royal Hotel rather than the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. In 1972, when the World Hockey Association was beginning to take form, some teams were more focused on the amateur draft that they stopped paying attention to other issues (mainly the WHA raiding NHL rosters) and were spending their time preparing for the draft.

With the WHA having already operated for a full season, NHL teams realized they would have to fight to sign their top picks. This was especially important in a year when the draft was considered extremely deep and the WHA was scheduled to draft players just three days after the NHL.

The top pick of the 1973 NHL amateur draft was Ottawa 67's star Denis Potvin who was projected to be the next Bobby Orr. The Montreal Canadiens, the most active team on draft day, re-positioned themselves by trading for several high picks and then offered the New York Islanders all types of packages for the first choice overall as they want to select Potvin for themselves. Islanders general manager Bill Torrey was not interested, however and held on to the top pick. He selected Potvin, who became a big part of the building block for the Islanders hockey dynasty between 1980 to 1983

Although the NHL had to compete hard with the WHA to sign these amateur players, they managed to sign all 16 of their first-round draft picks before the rival league could. The NHL-WHA competition was so fierce that the Toronto Maple Leafs offered a staggering, at the time, five-year $600,000 contract for right winger Lanny McDonald of the Medicine Hat Tigers, which kept the No. 4 pick from signing with the WHA's Cleveland Crusaders.

Eligible for the draft were all amateur players born before January 1, 1954 The NHL paid a lump sum to the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association to support major junior hockey as a group. Teams could offer a player a contract at any time after the draft without risking then re-entering a future NHL draft.

Selections by round[edit]

Below are listed the selections in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft.

= NHL All-Star[1] = Hall of Famers

Round one[edit]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
1 Denis Potvin Defence  Canada New York Islanders Ottawa 67's (OHA)
2 Tom Lysiak Centre  Canada Atlanta Flames Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
3 Dennis Ververgaert Right Wing  Canada Vancouver Canucks London Knights (OHA)
4 Lanny McDonald Right Wing  Canada Toronto Maple Leafs Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
5 John Davidson Goaltender  Canada St. Louis Blues Calgary Centennials (WCHL)
6 Andre Savard Centre  Canada Boston Bruins Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
7 Blaine Stoughton Right Wing  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL)
8 Bob Gainey Left Wing  Canada Montreal Canadiens Peterborough Petes (OHA)
9 Bob Dailey Defence  Canada Vancouver Canucks Toronto Marlboros (OHA)
10 Bob Neely Defence  Canada Toronto Maple Leafs Peterborough Petes (OHA)
11 Terry Richardson Goaltender  Canada Detroit Red Wings New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
12 Morris Titanic Left Wing  Canada Buffalo Sabres Sudbury Wolves (OHA)
13 Darcy Rota Left Wing  Canada Chicago Black Hawks Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)
14 Rick Middleton Right Wing  Canada New York Rangers Oshawa Generals (OHA)
15 Ian Turnbull Defence  Canada Toronto Maple Leafs Ottawa 67's (OHA)
16 Vic Mercredi Centre  Canada Atlanta Flames New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
Reference: "1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". Retrieved 18 December 2008. 

Round two[edit]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
17 Glenn Goldup Right Wing  Canada Montreal Canadiens Toronto Marlboros (OHA)
18 Blake Dunlop Centre  Canada Minnesota North Stars Ottawa 67's (OHA)
19 Paulin Bordeleau Right Wing  Canada Vancouver Canucks Toronto Marlboros (OHA)
20 Larry Goodenough Defence  Canada Philadelphia Flyers London Knights (OHA)
21 Eric Vail Left Wing  Canada Atlanta Flames Sudbury Wolves (OHA)
22 Peter Marrin Centre  Canada Montreal Canadiens Toronto Marlboros (OHA)
23 Wayne Bianchin Left Wing  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL)
24 George Pesut Defence  Canada St. Louis Blues Saskatoon Blades (WCHL)
25 John Rogers Right Wing  Canada Minnesota North Stars Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)
26 Brent Leavins Left Wing  Canada Philadelphia Flyers Swift Current Broncos (WCHL)
27 Colin Campbell Defence  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Peterborough Petes (OHA)
28 Jean Landry Defence  Canada Buffalo Sabres Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
29 Reg Thomas Left Wing  Canada Chicago Black Hawks London Knights (OHA)
30 Pat Hickey Left Wing  Canada New York Rangers Hamilton Red Wings (OHA)
31 Jimmy Jones Right Wing  Canada Boston Bruins Peterborough Petes (OHA)
32 Ron Andruff Centre  Canada Montreal Canadiens Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL)
Reference: "1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". Retrieved 18 December 2008. 

Round three[edit]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
33 Dave Lewis Defence  Canada New York Islanders Saskatoon Blades (WCHL)
34 Jeff Jacques Centre  Canada California Golden Seals St. Catharines Black Hawks (OHA)
35 Paul Sheard Right Wing  United Kingdom
 Canada
Vancouver Canucks Ottawa 67's (OHA)
36 Doug Gibson Centre  Canada Boston Bruins Peterborough Petes (OHA)
37 Ed Humphreys Goaltender  Canada Montreal Canadiens Saskatoon Blades (WCHL)
38 Russ Walker Right Wing  Canada Los Angeles Kings Saskatoon Blades (WCHL)
39 Nelson Pyatt Centre  Canada Detroit Red Wings Oshawa Generals (OHA)
40 Bob Stumpf Right Wing  Canada Philadelphia Flyers New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
41 Rick Chinnick Right Wing  Canada Minnesota North Stars Peterborough Petes (OHA)
42 Mike Clarke Centre  Canada Philadelphia Flyers Calgary Centennials (WCHL)
43 Robbie Neale Centre  Canada Detroit Red Wings Brandon Wheat Kings(WCHL)
44 Andre Deschamps Left Wing  Canada Buffalo Sabres Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
45 Randy Holt Defence  Canada Chicago Black Hawks Sudbury Wolves (OHA)
46 John Campbell Left Wing  Canada New York Rangers Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHA)
47 Al Sims Defence  Canada Boston Bruins Cornwall Royals (QMJHL)
48 Bob Gassoff Defence  Canada St. Louis Blues Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
Reference: "1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". Retrieved 18 December 2008. 

Round four[edit]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
49 Andre St. Laurent Centre  Canada New York Islanders Montreal Junior Canadiens (QMJHL)
50 Ron Serafini Defence  United States California Golden Seals St. Catharines Black Hawks (OHA)
51 Keith Mackie Defence  United Kingdom
 Canada
Vancouver Canucks Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)
52 Frank Rochon Left Wing  Canada Toronto Maple Leafs Sherbrooke Castors (QMJHL)
53 Dean Talafous Centre  United States Atlanta Flames University of Wisconsin (NCAA)
54 Jim McCrimmon Defence  Canada Los Angeles Kings Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
55 Dennis Owchar Defence  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Toronto Marlboros (OHA)
56 Alan Hangsleben Defence  United States Montreal Canadiens University of North Dakota (NCAA)
57 Tom Colley Centre  Canada Minnesota North Stars Sudbury Wolves (OHA)
58 Dale Cook Left Wing  Canada Philadelphia Flyers Victoria Cougars (WCHL)
59 Mike Korney Defence  Canada Detroit Red Wings Winnipeg Jets (WCHL)
60 Yvon Dupuis Right Wing  Canada Buffalo Sabres Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
61 Dave Elliott Left Wing  Canada Chicago Black Hawks Winnipeg Jets (WCHL)
62 Brian Molvik Defence  Canada New York Rangers Calgary Centennials (WCHL)
63 Steve Langdon Left Wing  Canada Boston Bruins London Knights (OHA)
64 Richard Latulippe Centre  Canada Montreal Canadiens Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
Reference: "1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". Retrieved 18 December 2008. 

Round five[edit]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
65 Ron Kennedy Right Wing  Canada New York Islanders New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
66 Jim Moxey Right Wing  Canada California Golden Seals Hamilton Red Wings (OHA)
67 Paul O'Neil Centre  United States Vancouver Canucks Boston University (NCAA)
68 Gord Titcomb Left Wing  Canada Toronto Maple Leafs St. Catharines Black Hawks (OHA)
69 John Flesch Left Wing  Canada Atlanta Flames Lake Superior State University (NCAA)
70 Dennis Abgrall Right Wing  Canada Los Angeles Kings Saskatoon Blades (WCHL)
71 Guido Tenesi Defence  United States Pittsburgh Penguins Oshawa Generals (OHA)
72 Bill Laing Centre  Canada St. Louis Blues Saskatoon Blades (WCHL)
73 Lowell Ostlund Defence  Canada Minnesota North Stars Saskatoon Blades (WCHL)
74 Michel Latreille Defence  Canada Philadelphia Flyers Montreal Junior Canadiens (QMJHL)
75 Zach Coppola Centre  Canada Detroit Red Wings Winnipeg Jets (WCHL)
76 Bob Smulders Right Wing  Canada Buffalo Sabres Peterborough Petes (OHA)
77 Dan Hinton Left Wing  Canada Chicago Black Hawks Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHA)
78 Pierre Laganiere Right Wing  Canada New York Rangers Sherbrooke Castors (QMJHL)
79 Peter Crosbie Goaltender  Canada Boston Bruins London Knights (OHA)
80 Gerard Gibbons Defence  Canada Montreal Canadiens St. Mary's University (CIAU)
Reference: "1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". Retrieved 18 December 2008. 

Round six[edit]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
81 Keith Smith Defence  Canada New York Islanders Brown University (ECAC)
82 Willie Trognitz Left Wing  Canada California Golden Seals Thunder Bay Vulcans (TBJHL)
83 Jim Cowell Centre  Canada Vancouver Canucks Ottawa 67's (OHA)
84 Doug Marit Defence  Canada Toronto Maple Leafs Regina Pats (WCHL)
85 Ken Houston Defence  Canada Atlanta Flames Chatham Maroons SOJHL
86 Blair MacDonald Right Wing  Canada Los Angeles Kings Cornwall Royals (QMJHL)
87 Don Seiling Left Wing  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Oshawa Generals (OHA)
88 Randy Smith Left Wing  Canada St. Louis Blues Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)
89 David Lee Left Wing  United Kingdom
 Canada
Minnesota North Stars Ottawa 67's (OHA)
90 Doug Ferguson Defence  Canada Philadelphia Flyers Hamilton Red Wings (OHA)
91 Glenn Cickello Defence  Canada Detroit Red Wings Hamilton Red Wings (OHA)
92 Neil Korzack Left Wing  Canada Buffalo Sabres Peterborough Petes (OHA)
93 Garry Doerksen Centre  Canada Chicago Black Hawks Winnipeg Jets (WCHL)
94 Dwayne Pentland Defence  Canada New York Rangers Brandon Wheat Kings (WCHL)
95 J.P. Burgoyne Defence  Canada Boston Bruins Shawinigan Dynamos (QMJHL)
96 Denis Patry Right Wing  Canada Montreal Canadiens Drummondville Rangers (QMJHL)
Reference: "1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". Retrieved 18 December 2008. 

Round seven[edit]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
97 Don Cutts Goaltender  Canada New York Islanders Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NCAA)
98 Paul Tantardini Left Wing  Canada California Golden Seals Downsview Bombers (OPJHL)
99 Clay Hebenton Goaltender  Canada Vancouver Canucks Portland Winter Hawks WCJHL
100 Dan Follet Goaltender  Canada Toronto Maple Leafs Downsview Bombers (OPJHL)
101 Tom Machowski Defence  United States Atlanta Flames University of Wisconsin (NCAA)
102 Roly Kimble Goaltender  Canada Los Angeles Kings Hamilton Red Wings (OHA)
103 Terry Ewasiuk Left Wing  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Victoria Cougars (WCHL)
104 John Wensink Left Wing  Canada St. Louis Blues Cornwall Royals (QMJHL)
105 Lou Nistico Centre  Canada Minnesota North Stars London Knights (OHA)
106 Tom Young Defence  Canada Philadelphia Flyers Sudbury Wolves (OHA)
107 Brian Middleton Defence  Canada Detroit Red Wings University of Alberta (CIAU)
108 Bob Young Defence  United States Buffalo Sabres University of Denver (NCAA)
109 Wayne Dye Left Wing  Canada Chicago Black Hawks New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
110 Denis Andersen Defence  Canada New York Islanders New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
111 Walter Johnson Right Wing  United States Boston Bruins Oshawa Generals (OHA)
112 Michel Belisle Centre  Canada Montreal Canadiens Montreal Junior Canadiens (QMJHL)
Reference: "1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". Retrieved 18 December 2008. 

Round eight[edit]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
113 Mike Kennedy Right Wing  Canada New York Islanders Kitchener Rangers (OHA)
114 Bruce Greig Left Wing  Canada California Golden Seals Vancouver Nats (WCHL)
115 John Senkpiel Left Wing  Canada Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Nats (WCHL)
116 Les Burgess Left Wing  Canada Toronto Maple Leafs Kitchener Rangers (OHA)
117 Bob Law Right Wing  Canada Atlanta Flames University of North Dakota (WCHA)
118 Dennis Polonich Centre  Canada Detroit Red Wings Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL)
119 Fred Comrie Centre  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Edmonton Oil Kings(WCHL)
120 Jean Tetreault Left Wing  Canada St. Louis Blues Drummondville Rangers (QMJHL)
121 George Beveridge Defence  Canada Minnesota North Stars Kitchener Rangers (OHA)
122 Norm Barnes Defence  Canada Philadelphia Flyers Michigan State University (NCAA)
123 George Lyle Left Wing  Canada Detroit Red Wings Michigan Technological University (NCAA)
124 Tim O'Connell Right Wing  United States Buffalo Sabres University of Vermont (NCAA)
125 Jim Koleff Centre  Canada Chicago Black Hawks Hamilton Red Wings (OHA)
126 Denis Desgagnes Centre  Canada New York Islanders Sorel Eperviers (QMJHL)
127 Virgil Gates Defence  Canada Boston Bruins Swift Current Broncos (WCHL)
128 Mario Desjardins Left Wing  Canada Montreal Canadiens Sherbrooke Castors (QMJHL)
Reference: "1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". Retrieved 18 December 2008. 

Round nine[edit]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
129 Bob Lorimer Defence  Canada New York Islanders Michigan Technological University (NCAA)
130 Larry Patey Centre  Canada California Golden Seals Braintree Hawks (NEJHL)
131 Peter Folco Defence  Canada Vancouver Canucks Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
132 Dave Pay Left Wing  Canada Toronto Maple Leafs University of Wisconsin (NCAA)
133 Bob Bilodeau Defence  Canada Atlanta Flames New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
134 Gord Lane Defence  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
135 Dennis O'Brien Defence  Canada Detroit Red Wings Laurentian University (CIAU)
136 Jim Johnston Centre  Canada Minnesota North Stars Peterborough Petes (OHA)
137 Dan O'Donohue Defence  Canada Philadelphia Flyers Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHA)
138 Tom Newman Defence  Canada Detroit Red Wings Kitchener Rangers (OHA)
139 Ray Bibeau Defence  Canada Detroit Red Wings Montreal Junior Canadiens (QMJHL)
140 Jack Johnson Defence  United States Chicago Black Hawks University of Wisconsin (NCAA)
141 Steve Alley Left Wing  United States Chicago Black Hawks University of Wisconsin (NCAA)
142 Jim Pettie Goaltender  Canada Boston Bruins St. Catharines Black Hawks (OHA)
143 Bob Wright Right Wing  Canada Montreal Canadiens Pembroke Lumber Kings (CJAHL)
Reference: "1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". Retrieved 18 December 2008. 

Round ten[edit]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
144 Lee Palmer Defence  Canada Toronto Maple Leafs Clarkson University (NCAA)
145 Doug Mahood Right Wing  Canada California Golden Seals Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHA)
146 Terry McDougall Centre  Canada Vancouver Canucks Swift Current Broncos (WCHL)
147 Bob Peace Centre  Canada Toronto Maple Leafs Cornell University (NCAA)
148 Glen Surbey Defence  Canada Atlanta Flames Loyola College (CIAU)
149 Guy Ross Defence  Canada Atlanta Flames Sherbrooke Castors (QMJHL)
150 Randy Aimoe Defence  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
151 Kevin Neville Goaltender  Canada Detroit Red Wings Toronto Marlboros (OHA)
152 Sam Clegg Goaltender  Canada Minnesota North Stars Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
153 Brian Dick Right Wing  Canada Philadelphia Flyers Winnipeg Jets (WCHL)
154 Ken Gibb Defence  Canada Detroit Red Wings University of North Dakota (NCAA)
155 Mitch Brandt Defence  United States Detroit Red Wings University of Denver (NCAA)
156 Rick Clubbe Centre  Canada Chicago Black Hawks University of North Dakota (NCAA)
157 Yvan Bouillon Centre  Canada Boston Bruins Cornwall Royals (QMJHL)
158 Alain Labrecque Centre  Canada Montreal Canadiens Trois-Rivieres Draveurs (QMJHL)
Reference: "1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". Retrieved 18 December 2008. 

Round eleven[edit]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
159 Norm McLeod Left Wing  Canada Toronto Maple Leafs Ottawa M&W Rangers (CJHL)
160 Angie Moretto Centre  Canada California Golden Seals University of Michigan (NCAA)
161 Russ Wiechnik Centre  Canada Minnesota North Stars Calgary Centennials (WCHL)
162 Greg Fox Defence  Canada Atlanta Flames University of Michigan (WCHA)
163 Max Hansen Left Wing  United States Minnesota North Stars Sudbury Wolves (OHA)
164 Don McLeod Centre  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Saskatoon Blades (WCHL)
165 Gene Strate Defence  Canada Chicago Black Hawks Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)
166 Gord Halliday Right Wing  Canada Montreal Canadiens University of Pennsylvania (NCAA)
Reference: "1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". Retrieved 18 December 2008. 

Round twelve[edit]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
167 Cap Raeder Goaltender  United States Montreal Canadiens University of New Hampshire (NCAA)
Reference: "1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". Retrieved 18 December 2008. 

Round thirteen[edit]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
168 Louis Chiasson Centre  Canada Montreal Canadiens Trois-Rivieres Draveurs (QMJHL)
Reference: "1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". Retrieved 18 December 2008. 
= NHL All-Star[1] = Hall of Famers

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Players are identified as an All-Star if they were selected for the All-Star game at any time in their career.

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