1979 NHL Expansion Draft Pick Transactions

June 13, 1979

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
Avalanche
Paul Baxter
Avalanche
Richard Brodeur
Avalanche
Garry Lariviere
Oilers
Oilers
Dave Dryden
Oilers
Wayne Gretzky
Oilers
Bengt-Ake Gustafsson
Oilers
Eddie Mio
Whalers
Hurricanes
Jordy Douglas
Hurricanes
John Garrett
Hurricanes
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
Hurricanes
Alan Hangsleben
4 1-4
Avalanche
Dave Farrish
Round 2
5 2-1
Avalanche
Gerry Hart
6 2-2
Hurricanes
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
Hurricanes
Rick Ley
12 3-4
Avalanche
Ron Low
Round 4
13 4-1
Avalanche
Pierre Plante
14 4-2
Hurricanes
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
Hurricanes
Jean Savard
20 5-4
Avalanche
Blair Stewart
Round 6
21 6-1
Avalanche
John Baby
22 6-2
Hurricanes
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
Hurricanes
Rick Hodgson
28 7-4
Avalanche
John Smrke
Round 8
29 8-1
Avalanche
Dave Parro
30 8-2
Hurricanes
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
Hurricanes
Bill Bennett
36 9-4
Avalanche
Ken Kuzyk
Round 10
37 10-1
Avalanche
Roland Cloutier
38 10-2
Hurricanes
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
Hurricanes
Brian Hill
44 11-4
Avalanche
Terry Martin
Round 12
45 12-1
Avalanche
Jamie Masters
46 12-2
Hurricanes
David 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
Hurricanes
M.F. Schurman
52 13-4
Avalanche
Hartland Monahan
Round 14
53 14-1
Avalanche
Ron Andruff
54 14-2
Hurricanes
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
Hurricanes
Norm Lapointe
60 15-4
Avalanche
Alain Cote
Round 16
61 16-1
Avalanche
Lars Zetterstrom
62 16-2
Hurricanes
Don Kozak
63 16-3
Oilers
Bob Kelly
64 16-4
Bruins
Gene Carr
Round 17
65 17-1
Bruins
Hilliard Graves