|1968 DRAFT QUICK FACTS|
|DATE: JUNE 13, 1968|
THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOTEL (MONTREAL)
The sixth NHL Amateur Draft was the first to feature drafting based on the
reverse order of finish from the previous season. This became the standard for
all successive drafts. A slight difference, however, saw picks alternate by
division, rather than directly by order of finish in the overall league, and the
West Division was given some advantages over the more established East Division.
This was also the first draft to feature traded picks, as the Oakland Seals gave up their No. 1 selection in
a deal with Montreal. It was also the
only draft in NHL history in which one team (Montreal) made all of the first
|Eligible For Draft: All amateur players not on sponsorship lists
who were born before January 1, 1949. |
Order: Last place team in West drafted first, followed by last place
team in East, fifth-place team in West, fifth-place in East, fourth through
first in West, and fourth through first in East.
Irregularities: Montreal had option to take first two French-Canadian players and used picks in place of regular
picks in the first two rounds. Trades and selection deferrals caused an
unevenness in the rounds. Five teams passed in the second round and seven
teams passed in the third round. All teams passed on the fourth round, ending
Rotation: Oakland, Detroit, Pittsburgh,
Toronto, Minnesota, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, New
Total Rounds: Three
Cost to Draft:
Amateur teams were paid $2,000 per drafted player.
Team could offer player contract at any time after draft.
|No. 1 pick: Michel Plasse (by Montreal)|
NHL: 10 players (41.6 percent)
Won Stanley Cup: Two players
Most NHL Games: John Marks (657 games)
Playoff Games: John Marks (57 games)
Highest Pick to Miss: No.
2 (Roger Belisle)
Lowest Pick to Reach: No. 16 (Curt Bennett)
24 (15 forwards, 6 defense, 3 goalies)
|Won Stanley Cup:
|Hall of Fame: