A Look Back at the 1992 NHL Draft

It’s been almost 30 years since the 1992 NHL Draft which saw some future superstars enter the league. Let’s take a look back at that draft and see how it stacks up against the drafts of recent years

Introduction

In 1992, the NHL held its annual Entry Draft at the Montreal Forum A total of 264 players were chosen over the course of 10 rounds. Many of those drafted in 1992 went on to have successful careers in the NHL, including Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur, who was drafted in the first round by the New Jersey Devils

The 1992 NHL Draft

The 1992 NHL Draft was held on June 20, 1992 at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec. A total of 252 players were drafted. It is widely considered to be one of the deepest and most talented drafts in NHL history

Many of the players drafted in 1992 went on to have successful NHL careers, including Sergei Federov, Martin Brodeur, and Jaromir Jagr.

The Top Picks of the 1992 NHL Draft

The 1992 NHL Draft is considered one of the deepest drafts in NHL history Many of the top picks went on to have illustrious careers, including several Hall of Famers Here is a look at the top picks from that draft and where they are now.

1. Roman Hamrlik – defenseman, Montreal Canadiens
2. Pat Falloon – right winger, San Jose Sharks
3. Petr Nedved – center, Pittsburgh Penguins
4. Trevor Linden – center, Vancouver Canucks
5. Alexei Kovalev – right winger, New York Rangers
6. Martin Rucinsky – left winger, Edmonton Oilers
7. Scott Niedermayer – defenseman, New Jersey Devils
8. Brendan Shanahan – left winger, St. Louis Blues
9. Chris Gratton – center, Tampa Bay Lightning
10. Dmitri Khristich – center, Los Angeles Kings

The Most Notable Picks of the 1992 NHL Draft

Few drafts in the history of the NHL have been as consequential as the 1992 NHL Draft That year, a record 26 future Hall of Famers were drafted, including such legends as Mario Lemieux, Chris Chelios, and Brett Hull.

In total, 14 of the first 15 picks that year went on to have at least one All-Star season, and many of them went on to have illustrious careers. Here’s a look back at some of the most notable picks from that historic draft.

The First Round of the 1992 NHL Draft

The 1992 NHL Draft was held on June 20, 1992, at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec. A total of 264 players were drafted, with nine players going in the first round.

The first overall pick was taken by the Tampa Bay Lightning who selected center Vinny Lecavalier from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Lecavalier would go on to play 1,313 games in the NHL, amassing 1,374 points. He would also win a Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2004.

Other notable players from the first round of the 1992 NHL Draft include Future Hall of Famer Sergei Fedorov (taken third overall by the Detroit Red Wings), future Vezina Trophy winner Martin Brodeur (taken 20th overall by the New Jersey Devils), and future Calder Trophy winner Alexei Kovalev (taken 15th overall by the New York Rangers).

In total, six players from the first round of the 1992 NHL Draft would go on to play over 1,000 games in the NHL.

The Second Round of the 1992 NHL Draft

In the second round of the 1992 NHL Draft 26 NHL hopefuls were selected. Here is a look back at how those picks panned out:

Joseph Cramarossa, C, Pick 31
Cramarossa was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks 31st overall in the second round of the 1992 NHL Draft He played four seasons in the NHL, suiting up for 85 games and scoring 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points. He also played in 11 Playoff Games registering one goal.

Alexei Zhitnik, D, Pick 44
Zhitnik was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings 44th overall in the second round of the 1992 NHL Draft He went on to have a successful 23-year career in the NHL, playing in 1,431 games and scoring 106 goals and 430 assists for 536 points. He also appeared in 97 playoff games, tallying 10 goals and 47 assists for 57 points.

Anson Carter, RW, Pick 45
Carter was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques 45th overall in the second round of the 1992 NHL draft He enjoyed a successful 12-year career in the NHL, playing in 746 games and scoring 206 goals and 252 assists for 458 points. He also played in 34 playoff games, registering 11 goals and 10 assists for 21 points.

The Third Round of the 1992 NHL Draft

The third round of the 1992 NHL Draft was held on June 20, 1992 at theMetropolitan Sports CenterinBloomington, Minnesota. A total of 63 picks were made over 7 rounds. This is a look back at the third round of that draft.

The Fourth Round of the 1992 NHL Draft

The fourth round of the 1992 NHL Draft featured some great talent, including future All-Stars Bill Guerin and Chris Pronger. Here’s a look back at that round:

With the 95th overall pick, the Montreal Canadiens selected Bill Guerin from the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League Guerin would go on to enjoy a great NHL career scoring 429 goals and 856 points in 1,263 games. He was a two-time All-Star and won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 1995.

With the 96th overall pick, the Hartford Whalers selected Chris Pronger from the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League Pronger would go on to have a Hall-of-Fame career, winning two Stanley Cups and a Norris Trophy He is one of only four players to ever win an MVP Award (Hart Trophy) and a Defensive Player of the Year Award (Norris Trophy) in the same season.

The Fifth Round of the 1992 NHL Draft

This was a draft that had many good players go in the late rounds. In the fifth round, there were players like future all-star Scott Niedermayer and steady defenseman Sergey Gonchar. These are the best players from that round.

The sixth round of the 1992 NHL Draft

The Sixth Round of the 1992 NHL Draft is often remembered as one of the deepest and most talented drafts in NHL history Sixteen players who went on to play at least 500 NHL games were drafted in the sixth round that year, including future Hall of Famers Sergei Fedorov and Nicklas Lidstrom.

Other notable sixth-round picks from 1992 include Brad Richards, Alexei Kovalev, Felix Potvin, Jocelyn Thibault, and Brian Rolston. It’s safe to say that any team who drafted in the sixth round of the 1992 NHL Draft got themselves a pretty good player

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