Pro Sports Transactions

1979 NHL Expansion Draft Pick Transactions

June 9, 1979 (Priority Selections)
June 13, 1979 (Expansion Draft Picks)

This draft was held to stock the rosters of the four WHA teams (Jets, Nordiques, Oilers, and Whalers) that were merged into the NHL.

Because many players on the four incoming WHA teams already had their rights held by NHL teams, these NHL teams were first allowed to reclaim players. For this portion of the draft, each incoming WHA team was allowed to protect up to 2 goaltenders and 2 skaters. These were designated as "priority selections" in the expansion draft.

 

Priority Selections

Team Player Drafted
Jets
Bruins
Scott Campbell
Bruins
Morris Lukowich
Bruins
Markus Mattsson
Nordiques
Nordiques
Paul Baxter
Nordiques
Richard Brodeur
Nordiques
Garry Lariviere
Oilers
Oilers
Dave Dryden
Oilers
Wayne Gretzky
Oilers
Bengt-Ake Gustafsson
Oilers
Eddie Mio
Whalers
Whalers
Jordy Douglas
Whalers
John Garrett
Whalers
Mark Howe

 

Expansion Draft Picks

Overall # Round # Team Player Drafted
Round 1
1 1-1
Bruins
Peter Marsh
2 1-2
Oilers
Cam Connor
3 1-3
Whalers
Alan Hangsleben
4 1-4
Nordiques
Dave Farrish
Round 2
5 2-1
Nordiques
Gerry Hart
6 2-2
Whalers
Nick Fotiu
7 2-3
Oilers
Lee Fogolin
8 2-4
Bruins
Lindsay Middlebrook
Round 3
9 3-1
Bruins
Bobby Hull
10 3-2
Oilers
Pat Price
11 3-3
Whalers
Rick Ley
12 3-4
Nordiques
Ron Low
Round 4
13 4-1
Nordiques
Pierre Plante
14 4-2
Whalers
Al Sims
15 4-3
Oilers
Colin Campbell
16 4-4
Bruins
Al Cameron
Round 5
17 5-1
Bruins
Dave Hoyda
18 5-2
Oilers
Larry Brown
19 5-3
Whalers
Jean Savard
20 5-4
Nordiques
Blair Stewart
Round 6
21 6-1
Nordiques
John Baby
22 6-2
Whalers
Ralph Klassen
23 6-3
Oilers
Pete LoPresti
24 6-4
Bruins
Jim Roberts
Round 7
25 7-1
Bruins
Lorne Stamler
26 7-2
Oilers
Ron Areshenkoff
27 7-3
Whalers
Rick Hodgson
28 7-4
Nordiques
John Smrke
Round 8
29 8-1
Nordiques
Dave Parro
30 8-2
Whalers
Kevin Kemp
31 8-3
Oilers
Inge Hammarstrom
32 8-4
Bruins
Mark Heaslip
Round 9
33 9-1
Bruins
Pierre Hamel
34 9-2
Oilers
John Gould
35 9-3
Whalers
Bill Bennett
36 9-4
Nordiques
Ken Kuzyk
Round 10
37 10-1
Nordiques
Roland Cloutier
38 10-2
Whalers
Bernie Johnston
39 10-3
Oilers
Doug Hicks
40 10-4
Bruins
Gord McTavish
Round 11
41 11-1
Bruins
Gord Smith
42 11-2
Oilers
Tom Edur
43 11-3
Whalers
Brian Hill
44 11-4
Nordiques
Terry Martin
Round 12
45 12-1
Nordiques
Jamie Masters
46 12-2
Whalers
Dave Given
47 12-3
Oilers
Wayne Bianchin
48 12-4
Bruins
Clark Hamilton
Round 13
49 13-1
Bruins
Jim Cunningham
50 13-2
Oilers
Mike Forbes
51 13-3
Whalers
M.F. Schurman
52 13-4
Nordiques
Hartland Monahan
Round 14
53 14-1
Nordiques
Ron Andruff
54 14-2
Whalers
Nick Beverley
55 14-3
Oilers
Doug Favell
56 14-4
Bruins
Dennis Abgrall
Round 15
57 15-1
Bruins
Bill Riley
58 15-2
Oilers
Doug Patey
59 15-3
Whalers
Norm Lapointe
60 15-4
Nordiques
Alain Cote
Round 16
61 16-1
Nordiques
Lars Zetterstrom
62 16-2
Whalers
Don Kozak
63 16-3
Oilers
Bob Kelly
64 16-4
Bruins
Gene Carr
Round 17
65 17-1
Bruins
Hilliard Graves