List of Norwegian players selected in the NHL Entry Draft

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Tore Vikingstad, the 10th Norwegian player to be drafted by an NHL team (1999 NHL Entry Draft, 6th round, 180th overall by the St. Louis Blues).

There are, as of 2017, twenty Norwegian ice hockey players have been selected in the National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft. The majority of the players on this list, were playing for either a Norwegian or a Swedish ice hockey club when they got drafted.

No player have ever been selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft. The highest draft selection was Marius Holtet, who was drafted in the second round, as the 42nd overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. The 2011 draft marked the first time a Norwegian goalie was selected, when Steffen Søberg was picked in the third round by the Washington Capitals. Later in the same draft, the Boston Bruins chose fellow goaltender Lars Volden from the Finnish team Espoo Blues. The most notable Norwegian draftee is 2002 NHL All-Star player Espen "Shampo" Knutsen, who played 207 regular season games in the NHL for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and most notably for Columbus Blue Jackets.

Drafted players[edit]

[1] Player Drafted by Year Round Overall Drafted from
C Bjørn Skaare Detroit Red Wings 1978 004th 0062nd Ottawa 67's (OHL)
F Knut Walbye New York Islanders 1987 007th 0139th Furuset (GET)
D Åge Ellingsen Edmonton Oilers 1987 008th 0168th Storhamar Ishockey (GET)
C Espen Knutsen Hartford Whalers 1990 010th 0204th Vålerenga (GET)
C Ole Eskild Dahlstrøm Minnesota North Stars 1990 011th 0218th Furuset (GET)
D Tommie Eriksen Hartford Whalers 1990 011th 0225th Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
F Vegar Barlie Edmonton Oilers 1991 010th 0210th Vålerenga (GET)
D Anders Myrvold Quebec Nordiques 1993 005th 0127th Färjestad (SEL)
D Jarl Espen Ygranes Montreal Canadiens 1997 009th 0228th Furuset (GET)
C Tore Vikingstad St. Louis Blues 1999 006th 0180th Färjestad (SEL)
LW/RW Marius Holtet Dallas Stars 2002 002nd 0042nd Färjestad (SEL)
D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen Columbus Blue Jackets 2002 003rd 0065th Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
C Scott Winkler Dallas Stars 2008 003rd 0089th Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
C/LW Mats Frøshaug Vancouver Canucks 2008 006th 0161st Linköping (SEL)
D Jonas Holøs Colorado Avalanche 2008 006th 0170th Sparta Warriors (GET)
RW Sondre Olden Toronto Maple Leafs 2010 003rd 0079th Modo (SEL)
G Steffen Søberg Washington Capitals 2011 004th 0117th Manglerud Star (GET)
G Lars Volden Boston Bruins 2011 006th 0181th Espoo Blues (SM-liiga)
RW Markus Søberg Columbus Blue Jackets 2013 006th 0165th Frölunda (SEL)
LW Kristian Røykås Marthinsen Washington Capitals 2017 007th 0213th Almtuna J20 (J20 Elit)


  1. ^ Position; GGoaltender, DDefenceman, CCentre, LWLeft Wing, RWRight Wing


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