Today in Hockey History: June 27

A couple of National Hockey League Entry Drafts were hung on this date, with the two groups from the Sunshine State getting a turn the top pick. Likewise, the NHL most up to date rival made a tremendous sprinkle on this date in 1972.

Lightning Strike First

The 27 groups of the NHL got together in Buffalo, NY, on June 27, 1998, for the yearly Entry Draft. The Tampa Bay Lightning had the main generally speaking pick of the draft and they utilized it to choose Vincent Lecavalier out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He is the untouched establishment pioneer in games played with 1,037 and his second in objectives (383), helps (491) and focuses (874). The likewise drafted Brad Richards in the third round (64th by and large). The two players were key in the group’s 2004 Stanley Cup title

The Nashville Predators chose David Legwand with the second pick before the San Jose Sharks took Brad Stuart at number three. The main three picks joined for a sum of 3,404 games played in their long NHL professions..

A portion of the other first-round picks that proceeded to have effective professions were Manny Malhotra (seventh, New York Rangers), Alex Tanguay (twelfth, Colorado Avalanche), Robyn Regehr (nineteenth, Avalanche), Simone Gagne (22th, Philadelphia Flyers) and Scott Gomez (27th, New Jersey Devils).

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