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Marian Gaborik

For expansion teams, the Entry Draft is critical as they attempt to put together a core of young, talented players. Some of the more recent expansion teams have done extremely well with their first selections (Anaheim, Paul Kariya; Ottawa, Alexei Yashin), while the jury is still out on other picks. In 2000, the Minnesota Wild chose Marian Gaborik (right) with their first-ever selection.


First Players Chosen by Expansion Teams
Year Team Draftee Pick
2000 Minnesota Marian Gaborik 3rd
  Columbus Rostislav Klesla 4th
1999 Atlanta Patrik Stefan 1st
1998 Nashville David Legwand 2nd
1993 Anaheim Paul Kariya 4th
  Florida Rob Niedermayer 5th
1992 Tampa Bay Roman Hamrlik 1st
  Ottawa Alexei Yashin 2nd
1991 San Jose Pat Falloon 2nd
1979 Hartford Ray Allison 18th
  Winnipeg Jimmy Mann 19th
  Quebec Michel Goulet 20th
  Edmonton Kevin Lowe 21st
1974 Washington Greg Joly 1st
  Kansas City Wilf Paiement 2nd
1972 NY Islanders Bill Harris 1st
  Atlanta Jacques Richard 2nd
1970 Buffalo Gilbert Perreault 1st


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