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. I 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
Steve Durbano was last month's fan favorite
here, drawing more page views than any other player. Durbano, who died
at age 50 in 2002, was one of hockey's most colorful characters, and had
a very rough life in retirement.
Top 2017 Prospects
The 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. Bookmark the page, because profiles will be added during the season.
Faces of the First Round
feature lets you review the opening round of a given draft year and see
the players on or close to their draft day. All at once, all at one
glance. We begin this month with a look back at
Round 1 of the 2016 draft, held on June 24
at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Let Me Do the Research for You
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