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The Best All-Time Selections of the NHL Draft’s First Round

Listed below are the best all time picks of the NHL Draft’s first round.



1st overall – Mario Lemieux (1984, Pittsburgh Penguins)

Runner-Up: Sidney Crosby (2005, Pittsburgh Penguins)

2nd overall – Marcel Dionne (1971, Detroit Red Wings)

Runner-Up: Chris Pronger (1993, Hartford Whalers)

3rd overall – Scott Niedermayer (1991, New Jersey Devils)

Runner-Up: Jonathan Toews (2006, Chicago Blackhawks)

4th overall – Steve Yzerman (1983, Detroit Red Wings)

Runner-Up: Lanny McDonald (1973, Toronto Maples Leafs)

5th overall – Jaromir Jagr (1990, Pittsburgh Penguins)

Runner-Up: Scott Stevens (1982, Washington Capitals)

6th overall – Paul Coffey (1980, Edmonton Oilers)

Runner-Up: Peter Forsberg (1991, Philadelphia Flyers)

7th overall – Shane Doan (1995, Winnipeg Jets)

Runner-Up: Bill Barber (1972, Philadelphia Flyers)

8th overall – Ray Bourque (1979, Boston Bruins)

Runner-Up: Darryl Sittler (1971, Toronto Maple Leafs)

9th overall – Cam Neely (1983, Vancouver Canucks)

Runner-Up: Brian Leetch (1986, New York Rangers)

10th overall – Teemu Selanne (1988, Winnipeg Jets)

Runner-Up: Bobby Holik (1989, Hartford Whalers)

11th overall – Jarome Iginla (1995, Dallas Stars)

Runner-Up: Brian Rolston (1991, New Jersey Devils)

12th overall – Gary Roberts (1984, Calgary Flames)

Runner-Up:  Marian Hossa (1997, Atlanta Thrashers)

13th overall – Dustin Brown (2003, Los Angeles Kings)

Runner-Up: Jean-Sebastien Giguere (1995, Hartford Whalers)

14th overall – Ken Dryden (1964, Boston Bruins)

Runner-Up: Sergei Gonchar (1992, Washington Capitals)

15th overall – Joe Sakic (1987, Quebec Nordiques)

Runner-Up: Mike Bossy (1977, New York Islanders)

16th overall – Dave Andreychuk (1982, Buffalo Sabres)

Runner-Up: Markus Naslund (1991, Pittsburgh Penguins)

17th overall – Bobby Clarke (1969, Philadelphia Flyers)

Runner-Up: Zach Parise (2003, New Jersey Devils)

18th overall – Ken Daneyko (1982, New Jersey Devils)

Runner-Up: Petr Sykora (1995, New Jersey Devils)

19th overall – Ryan Getzlaf (2003, Anaheim Ducks)

Runner-Up: Keith Tkachuk (1990, Winnipeg Jets)

20th overall – Martin Brodeur (1991, New Jersey Devils)

Runner-Up: Larry Robinson (1971, Montreal Canadiens)

21st overall – Tuukka Rask (2005, Toronto Maple Leafs)

Runner-Up: Kevin Lowe (1979, Edmonton Oilers)

22nd overall – Bryan Trottier (1974, New York Islanders)

Runner-Up: Claude Giroux (2006, Philadelphia Flyers)

23rd overall – Ray Whitney (1991, San Jose Sharks)

Runner-Up: Ryan Kesler (2003, Vancouver Canucks)

24th overall – Mike Richards (2003, Philadelphia Flyers)

Runner-Up: Daniel Brier (1996, Phoenix Coyotes)

25th overall – Mark Howe (1974, Boston Bruins)

Runner-Up: Cam Ward (2002, Carolina Hurricanes)

26th overall – Claude Lemieux (1983, Montreal Canadiens)

Runner-Up: Zigmund Palffy (1991, New York Islanders)

27th overall – Joe Nieuwendyk (1985, Calgary Flames)

Runner-Up: Scott Gomez (1998, New Jersey Devils)

28th overall – Corey Perry (2003, Anaheim Ducks)

Runner-Up: Mike Richter (1985, New York Rangers)

29th overall – Stephane Richer (1985, Montreal Canadiens)

Runner-Up: Teppo Numminen (1989, Winnipeg Jets)

30th overall – Randy Carlyle (1976, Toronto Maple Leafs)

Runner-Up: Sandis Ozolinsh (1991, San Jose Sharks)

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