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|
|1992||Tampa Bay||Roman Hamrlik||1st|
|1991||San Jose||Pat Falloon||2nd|
|Kansas City||Wilf Paiement||2nd|
|1972||NY Islanders||Bill Harris||1st|