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1978 NHL Amateur Draft

This is the list of players selected in the 1978 NHL Amateur draft. There were 234 prospects selected across 22 rounds. Also included is each player's career NHL totals. If a player has no totals listed, this means that he has not played in a regular season game in the NHL. You can click on the headings of the tables to sort the information.

Round 1           NHL Totals  
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM Last Season
1 1 Minnesota Bobby Smith F Ottawa 67's [OHA] 1077 357 679 1036 915 1992-93
1 2 Washington Ryan Walter C Seattle Breakers [WCHL] 1003 264 382 646 946 1992-93
1 3 St. Louis Wayne Babych R Portland Winter Hawks [WCHL] 519 192 246 438 498 1986-87
1 4 Vancouver Bill Derlago C Brandon Wheat Kings [WCHL] 555 189 227 416 247 1986-87
1 5 Colorado Mike Gillis L Kingston Canadians [OHA] 246 33 43 76 186 1983-84
1 6 Philadelphia Behn Wilson D Kingston Canadians [OHA] 601 98 261 359 1480 1987-88
1 7 Philadelphia Ken Linseman F Birmingham Bulls [WHA] 860 256 551 807 1727 1991-92
1 8 Montreal Dan Geoffrion R Cornwall Royals [QMJHL] 111 20 32 52 99 1981-82
1 9 Detroit Willie Huber D Hamilton Fincups [OHA] 655 104 217 321 950 1987-88
1 10 Chicago Tim Higgins F Ottawa 67's [OHA] 706 154 197 351 719 1988-89
1 11 Atlanta Brad Marsh D London Knights [OHA] 1086 23 175 198 1241 1992-93
1 12 Detroit Brent Peterson R Portland Winter Hawks [WCHL] 620 72 141 213 484 1988-89
1 13 Buffalo Larry Playfair D Portland Winter Hawks [WCHL] 688 26 94 120 1814 1989-90
1 14 Philadelphia Dan Lucas W Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds [OHA] 6 1 0 1 0 1978-79
1 15 NY Islanders Steve Tambellini C Lethbridge Broncos [WCHL] 553 160 150 310 105 1987-88
1 16 Boston Al Secord L Hamilton Fincups [OHA] 766 273 222 495 2093 1989-90
1 17 Montreal Dave Hunter F Sudbury Wolves [OHA] 746 133 190 323 918 1988-89
1 18 Washington Tim Coulis F Hamilton Fincups [OHA] 47 4 5 9 138 1985-86
                       
Round 2                      
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM Last Season
2 19 Minnesota Steve Payne F Ottawa 67's [OHA] 613 228 238 466 435 1987-88
2 20 Washington Paul Mulvey L Portland Winter Hawks [WCHL] 225 30 51 81 613 1981-82
2 21 Toronto Joel Quenneville D Windsor Spitfires [OHA] 803 54 136 190 705 1990-91
2 22 Vancouver Curt Fraser L Victoria Cougars [WCHL] 704 193 240 433 1306 1989-90
2 23 Washington Paul MacKinnon D Peterborough Petes [OHA] 147 5 23 28 91 1983-84
2 24 Minnesota Steve Christoff C U. of Minnesota [WCHA] 248 77 64 141 108 1983-84
2 25 Pittsburgh Mike Meeker C Peterborough Petes [OHA] 4 0 0 0 5 1978-79
2 26 NY Rangers Don Maloney F Kitchener Rangers [OHA] 765 214 350 564 815 1990-91
2 27 Colorado Merlin Malinowski F Medicine Hat Tigers [WCHL] 282 54 111 165 121 1982-83
2 28 Detroit Glenn Hicks L Flin Flon Bombers [WCHL] 108 6 12 18 127 1980-81
2 29 Chicago Doug Lecuyer C Portland Winter Hawks [WCHL] 126 11 31 42 178 1982-83
2 30 Montreal Dale Yakiwchuk F Portland Winter Hawks [WCHL]
2 31 Detroit Al Jensen G Hamilton Fincups [OHA] 179 0 4 4 44 1986-87
2 32 Buffalo Tony McKegney F Kingston Canadians [OHA] 912 320 319 639 517 1990-91
2 33 Philadelphia Mike Simurda R Kingston Canadians [OHA]
2 34 NY Islanders Randy Johnston D Peterborough Petes [OHA] 4 0 0 0 4 1979-80
2 35 Boston Graeme Nicolson D Cornwall Royals [QMJHL] 52 2 7 9 60 1982-83
2 36 Montreal Ron Carter R Sherbrooke Castors [QMJHL] 2 0 0 0 0 1979-80
                       
Round 3                      
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM Last Season
3 37 Philadelphia Gord Salt R Michigan Tech [WCHA]
3 38 Washington Glen Currie L Laval National [QMJHL] 326 39 79 118 100 1987-88
3 39 St. Louis Steve Harrison D Toronto Marlboros [OHA]
3 40 Vancouver Stan Smyl W New Westminster Bruins [WCHL] 896 262 411 673 1556 1990-91
3 41 Colorado Paul Messier C U. of Denver [WCHA] 9 0 0 0 4 1978-79
3 42 Montreal Richard David L Trois Rivieres Draveurs [QMJHL] 31 4 4 8 10 1982-83
3 43 NY Rangers Ray Markham R Flin Flon Bombers [WCHL] 14 1 1 2 21 1979-80
3 44 NY Rangers Dean Turner D U. of Michigan [WCHA] 35 1 0 1 59 1982-83
3 45 Washington Jay Johnston D Hamilton Fincups [OHA] 8 0 0 0 13 1981-82
3 46 Chicago Rick Paterson F Cornwall Royals [QMJHL] 430 50 43 93 136 1986-87
3 47 Atlanta Tim Bernhardt G Cornwall Royals [QMJHL] 67 0 3 3 4 1986-87
3 48 Toronto Mark Kirton C Peterborough Petes [OHA] 266 57 56 113 121 1984-85
3 49 Buffalo Rob McClanahan F U. of Minnesota [WCHA] 224 38 63 101 126 1983-84
3 50 Philadelphia Glen Cochrane D Victoria Cougars [WCHL] 411 17 72 89 1556 1988-89
3 51 NY Islanders Dwayne Lowdermilk D Seattle Breakers [WCHL] 2 0 1 1 2 1980-81
3 52 Boston Brad Knelson D Lethbridge Broncos [WCHL]
3 53 Detroit Doug Derkson C New Westminster Bruins [WCHL]
                       
Round 4                      
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM Last Season
4 54 Minnesota Curt Giles D U. of Minnesota-Duluth [WCHA] 895 43 199 242 733 1992-93
4 55 Washington Bengt Gustafsson F Farjestads BK Karlstad [SEL] 629 196 359 555 196 1988-89
4 56 Vancouver Harald Luckner Farjestads BK Karlstad [SEL]
4 57 Vancouver Brad Smith F Sudbury Wolves [OHA] 222 28 34 62 591 1986-87
4 58 Colorado Dave Watson F Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds [OHA] 18 0 1 1 10 1980-81
4 59 NY Rangers Dave Silk F Boston University [ECAC] 249 54 59 113 271 1985-86
4 60 NY Rangers Andre Dore D Quebec Remparts [QMJHL] 257 14 81 95 261 1984-85
4 61 Pittsburgh Shane Pearsall L Ottawa 67's [OHA]
4 62 Detroit Bjorn Skaare Ottawa 67's [OHA] 1 0 0 0 0 1978-79
4 63 Chicago Brian Young D New Westminster Bruins [WCHL] 8 0 2 2 6 1980-81
4 64 Atlanta Jim MacRae F London Knights [OHA]
4 65 Toronto Bob Parent G Kitchener Rangers [OHA] 3 0 0 0 0 1982-83
4 66 Buffalo Mike Gazdic D Sudbury Wolves [OHA]
4 67 Philadelphia Russ Wilderman Seattle Breakers [WCHL]
4 68 Boston George Buat R Seattle Breakers [WCHL]
4 69 Montreal Kevin Reeves C Montreal Juniors [QMJHL]
                       
Round 5                      
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM Last Season
5 70 Minnesota Roy Kerling C Cornell University [ECAC]
5 71 Washington Lou Franceschetti R Niagara Falls Flyers [OHA] 459 59 81 140 747 1991-92
5 72 St. Louis Kevin Willison D Billings Bighorns [WCHL]
5 73 Colorado Tim Thomlinson G Billings Bighorns [WCHL]
5 74 Colorado Rod Guimont R Lethbridge Broncos [WCHL]
5 75 Pittsburgh Rob Garner C Toronto Marlboros [OHA] 1 0 0 0 0 1982-83
5 76 NY Rangers Mike McDougall F Port Huron Flags [IHL] 61 8 10 18 43 1982-83
5 77 Los Angeles Paul Mancini L Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds [OHA]
5 78 Detroit Ted Nolan L Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds [OHA] 78 6 16 22 105 1985-86
5 79 Chicago Mark Murphy L Toronto Marlboros [OHA]
5 80 Atlanta Gord Wappel D Regina Pats [WCHL] 20 1 1 2 10 1981-82
5 81 Toronto Jordy Douglas L Flin Flon Bombers [WCHL] 268 76 62 138 160 1984-85
5 82 Buffalo Randy Ireland G Flint Generals [IHL] 2 0 0 0 0 1978-79
5 83 Philadelphia Brad Tamblyn Toronto Marlboros [OHA]
5 84 NY Islanders Greg Hay L Michigan Tech [WCHA]
5 85 Boston Darryl McLeod L Boston University [ECAC]
5 86 Montreal Mike Boyd D Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds [OHA]
                       
Round 6                      
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM Last Season
6 87 Minnesota Bob Bergloff D U. of Minnesota [WCHA] 2 0 0 0 5 1982-83
6 88 Washington Vince Magnan L U. of Denver [WCHA]
6 89 St. Louis Jim Nill R Medicine Hat Tigers [WCHL] 524 58 87 145 854 1989-90
6 90 Vancouver Gerry Minor C Regina Pats [WCHL] 140 11 21 32 173 1983-84
6 91 Colorado John Hynes G Harvard University [ECAC]
6 92 Toronto Mel Hewitt L Calgary Wranglers [WCHL]
6 93 NY Rangers Tom Laidlaw D Northern Michigan University [CCHA] 705 25 139 164 717 1989-90
6 94 Los Angeles Doug Keans G Oshawa Generals [OHA] 210 0 6 6 53 1987-88
6 95 Detroit Sylvain Locas C Sherbrooke Castors [QMJHL]
6 96 Chicago Dave Feamster D Colorado College [WCHA] 169 13 24 37 154 1984-85
6 97 Atlanta Greg Meredith F Notre Dame [WCHA] 38 6 4 10 8 1982-83
6 98 Toronto Normand Lefebvre R Trois Rivieres Draveurs [QMJHL]
6 99 Buffalo Cam MacGregor L Cornwall Royals [QMJHL]
6 100 Philadelphia Mark Taylor F U. of North Dakota [WCHA] 209 42 68 110 73 1985-86
6 101 NY Islanders Kelly Davis D Flin Flon Bombers [WCHL]
6 102 Boston Jeff Brubaker L Peterborough Petes [OHA] 178 16 9 25 512 1988-89
6 103 Montreal Keith Acton C Peterborough Petes [OHA] 1023 226 358 584 1172 1993-94
                       
Round 7                      
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM Last Season
7 104 Minnesota Kim Spencer D Victoria Cougars [WCHL]
7 105 Washington Mats Hallin L Sodertalje SK [SEL] 152 17 14 31 193 1986-87
7 106 St. Louis Steve Stockman C Cornwall Royals [QMJHL]
7 107 Vancouver Dave Ross R Portland Winter Hawks [WCHL]
7 108 Colorado Andy Clark Lake Superior State University [CCHA]
7 109 St. Louis Paul MacLean F Hull Olympiques [QMJHL] 719 324 349 673 968 1990-91
7 110 NY Rangers Dan Clark D Milwaukee Admirals [IHL] 4 0 1 1 6 1978-79
7 111 Los Angeles Don Waddell D Northern Michigan University [CCHA] 1 0 0 0 0 1980-81
7 112 Detroit Wes George L Saskatoon Blades [WCHL]
7 113 Chicago Dave Mancuso D Windsor Spitfires [OHA]
7 114 Atlanta Dave Hindmarch F U. of Alberta [CWUAA] 99 21 17 38 25 1983-84
7 115 Toronto John Scammell D Lethbridge Broncos [WCHL]
7 116 Buffalo Dan Eastman C Saginaw Gears [IHL]
7 117 Philadelphia Mike Ewanowski R Boston College [ECAC]
7 118 NY Islanders Rick Pepin L Laval National [QMJHL]
7 119 Boston Murray Skinner G Lake Superior State University [CCHA]
7 120 Montreal Jim Lawson C Brown University [ECAC]
                       
Round 8                      
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM Last Season
8 121 Minnesota Mike Cotter Bowling Green State University [CCHA]
8 122 Washington Rich Sirois G Milwaukee Admirals [IHL]
8 123 St. Louis Denis Houle L Hamilton Fincups [OHA]
8 124 Vancouver Steve O'Neill W Providence College [ECAC]
8 125 Colorado John Olver R U. of Michigan [WCHA]
8 126 Philadelphia Jerry Price G Portland Winter Hawks [WCHL]
8 127 NY Rangers Greg Kostenko D Ohio State University [CCHA]
8 128 Los Angeles Bob Mierkalns C Hamilton Fincups [OHA]
8 129 Detroit John Barrett D Windsor Spitfires [OHA] 488 20 77 97 604 1987-88
8 130 Chicago Sandy Ross D Colgate University [ECAC]
8 131 Atlanta Dave Morrison R Calgary Wranglers [WCHL]
8 132 Toronto Kevin Reinhart D Kitchener Rangers [OHA]
8 133 Buffalo Eric Strobel F U. of Minnesota [WCHA]
8 134 Philadelphia Darre Switzer L Medicine Hat Tigers [WCHL]
8 135 NY Islanders Dave Cameron C U. of Prince Edward Island [CIAU] 168 25 28 53 238 1983-84
8 136 Boston Bobby Hehir C Boston College [ECAC]
8 137 Montreal Larry Landon L R.P.I. [ECAC] 9 0 0 0 2 1984-85
                       
Round 9                      
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM Last Season
9 138 Minnesota Brent Gogol R Billings Bighorns [WCHL]
9 139 Washington Denis Pomerleau R Trois Rivieres Draveurs [QMJHL]
9 140 St. Louis Tony Meagher Boston University [ECAC]
9 141 Vancouver Charlie Antetomaso D Boston College [ECAC]
9 142 Colorado Kevin Krook D Regina Pats [WCHL] 3 0 0 0 2 1978-79
9 143 St. Louis Rick Simpson L Medicine Hat Tigers [WCHL]
9 144 NY Rangers Brian McDavid D Kitchener Rangers [OHA]
9 145 Los Angeles Rick Scully F Brown University [ECAC]
9 146 Detroit Jim Malazdrewicz R St. Boniface Saints [MJHL]
9 147 Chicago Mark Locken G Niagara Falls Flyers [OHA]
9 148 Atlanta Doug Todd R U. of Michigan [WCHA]
9 149 Toronto Mike Waghorne D U. of New Hampshire [ECAC]
9 150 Buffalo Eugene O'Sullivan C Calgary Wranglers [WCHL]
9 151 Philadelphia Greg Francis St. Lawrence University [ECAC]
9 152 NY Islanders Paul Joswiak G U. of Minnesota [WCHA]
9 153 Boston Craig MacTavish C U. of Lowell [ECAC-2] 1093 213 267 480 891 1996-97
9 154 Montreal Kevin Constantine G R.P.I. [ECAC]
                       
Round 10                      
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM Last Season
10 155 Minnesota Mike Seide L Bloomington Junior Stars [USHL]
10 156 Washington Barry Heard G London Knights [OHA]
10 157 St. Louis Jim Lockhurst G Kingston Canadians [OHA]
10 158 Vancouver Rick Martens G New Westminster Bruins [WCHL]
10 159 Colorado Jeff Jensen Lake Superior State University [CCHA]
10 160 St. Louis Bob Froese G Niagara Falls Flyers [OHA] 242 0 10 10 90 1989-90
10 161 NY Rangers Mark Rodrigues G Yale University [ECAC]
10 162 Los Angeles Brad Thiessen C Toronto Marlboros [OHA]
10 163 Detroit Geoff Shaw R Hamilton Fincups [OHA]
10 164 Chicago Glenn Van D Colorado College [WCHA]
10 165 Atlanta Mark Green C Sherbrooke Castors [QMJHL]
10 166 Toronto Laurie Cuvelier St. Francis Xavier University [AUAA]
10 167 Philadelphia Rick Berard D St. Mary's University [AUAA]
10 168 Philadelphia Don Lucia D Notre Dame [WCHA]
10 169 NY Islanders Scott Cameron D Notre Dame [WCHA]
10 170 St. Louis Dan Lerg C U. of Michigan [WCHA]
10 171 Montreal John Swan C McGill University [CIAU]
                       
Round 11                      
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM Last Season
11 172 Washington Mark Toffolo D Port Huron Flags [IHL]
11 173 St. Louis Risto Siltanen D Ilves Tampere [SM-liiga] 562 90 265 355 266 1986-87
11 174 Colorado Bo Ericson D AIK [SEL]
11 175 St. Louis Dan Hermansson Sweden
11 176 NY Rangers Steve Weeks G Northern Michigan University [CCHA] 290 0 7 7 21 1992-93
11 177 Los Angeles Jim Armstrong L Clarkson University [ECAC]
11 178 Detroit Carl Van Harrewyn New Westminster Bruins [WCHL]
11 179 Chicago Darryl Sutter F Lethbridge Broncos [WCHL] 406 161 118 279 288 1986-87
11 180 Atlanta Bob Sullivan L Toledo Goaldiggers [IHL] 62 18 19 37 18 1982-83
11 181 St. Louis Jean-Francois Boutin L Verdun Black Hawks [QMJHL]
11 182 Philadelphia Mark Berge F U. of North Dakota [WCHA]
11 183 Philadelphia Ken Moore G Clarkson University [ECAC]
11 184 NY Islanders Christer Lowdahl Sweden
11 185 St. Louis John Sullivan W Providence College [ECAC]
11 186 Montreal Dan Metivier Hull Olympiques [QMJHL]
                       
Round 12                      
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM Last Season
12 187 Washington Paul Hogan L Regina Pats [WCHL]
12 188 St. Louis Serge Menard R Montreal Juniors [QMJHL]
12 189 Washington Steve Barger R Boston College [ECAC]
12 190 Colorado Jari Viitala F Finland
12 191 St. Louis Don Boyd R R.P.I. [ECAC]
12 192 NY Rangers Pierre Daigneault St. Laurent College
12 193 Los Angeles Claude Larochelle R Hull Olympiques [QMJHL]
12 194 Detroit Ladislav Svozil F Czechoslovakia
12 195 Philadelphia Jim Olson R St. Paul Vulcans [USHL]
12 196 Atlanta Bernhard Engelbrecht G Landshut EV [Germ]
12 197 St. Louis Paul Stasiuk L Providence College [ECAC]
12 198 Philadelphia Anton Stastny F Bratislava (Slovakia) 650 252 384 636 150 1988-89
12 199 NY Islanders Gunnar Persson Sweden
12 200 St. Louis Gerd Truntschka Cologne (West Germany)
12 201 Montreal Viacheslav Fetisov D CSKA Moscow [Russia] 546 36 192 228 656 1997-98
                       
Round 13                      
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM Last Season
13 202 Washington Rod Pacholzuk D U. of Michigan [WCHA]
13 203 St. Louis Victor Shkurdyuk F USSR
13 204 Colorado Ulf Zetterstrom Sweden
13 205 St. Louis Carl Bloomberg G St. Louis University [CCHA]
13 206 NY Rangers Chris McLaughlin Dartmouth College [ECAC]
13 207 St. Louis Terry Kitching Boston University [ECAC]
13 208 Detroit Tom Bailey C Kingston Canadians [OHA]
13 209 St. Louis Brian O'Connor Boston University [ECAC]
13 210 St. Louis Brian Crombeen D Kingston Canadians [OHA]
13 211 St. Louis Mike Pidgeon C Oshawa Generals [OHA]
13 212 Montreal Jeff Mars R U. of Michigan [WCHA]
                       
Round 14                      
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM Last Season
14 213 Washington Wes Jarvis F Windsor Spitfires [OHA] 237 31 55 86 98 1987-88
14 214 St. Louis John Cochrane Harvard University [ECAC]
14 215 Washington Ray Irwin D Oshawa Generals [OHA]
14 216 St. Louis Joe Casey D Boston College [ECAC]
14 217 NY Rangers Todd Johnson Boston University [ECAC]
14 218 St. Louis Jim Farrell C Princeton University [ECAC]
14 219 Detroit Larry Lozinski G Flin Flon Bombers [WCHL] 30 0 1 1 0 1980-81
14 220 St. Louis Frank Johnson D Providence College [ECAC]
14 221 St. Louis Blair Wheeler D Yale University [ECAC]
14 222 Montreal Greg Tignanelli Northern Michigan University [CCHA]
                       
Round 15                      
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM Last Season
15 223 NY Rangers Dan McCarthy C Sudbury Wolves [OHA] 5 4 0 4 4 1980-81
15 224 Detroit Randy Betty L New Westminster Bruins [WCHL]
15 225 Montreal George Goulakos L St. Lawrence University [ECAC]
                       
Round 16                      
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM Last Season
16 226 Detroit Brian Crawley St. Lawrence University [ECAC]
16 227 Montreal Ken Moodie R Colgate University [ECAC]
                       
Round 17                      
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM Last Season
17 228 Detroit Doug Feasby F Toronto Marlboros [OHA]
17 229 Montreal Serge Leblanc D U. of Vermont [ECAC]
                       
Round 18                      
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM Last Season
18 230 Montreal Bob Magnuson F Merrimack College [ECAC-2]
                       
Round 19                      
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM Last Season
19 231 Montreal Chris Nilan F Northeastern University [ECAC] 688 110 115 225 3043 1991-92
                       
Round 20                      
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM Last Season
20 232 Montreal Rick Wilson G St. Lawrence University [ECAC]
                       
Round 21                      
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM Last Season
21 233 Montreal Louis Sleigher R Chicoutimi Sagueneens [QMJHL] 194 46 53 99 146 1985-86
                       
Round 22                      
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM Last Season
22 234 Montreal Doug Robb R Billings Bighorns [WCHL]

Draft Stats

Total drafted players to play in NHL: 95

Percent of players to play in NHL: 40.6

Average NHL Career Games: 334

Average NHL Career Goals: 66

Average NHL Career Points: 168

Average NHL Career PIM: 400