NHL Draft 1997 Results

The NHL draft 1997 featured Joe Thornton going #1 and the top four selections all going on to have illustrious careers. Marion Hossa was the steal of the 1997 NHL entry draft going #12 overall to the Ottawa Senators as he went on to have a Hall of Fame career.

Other notable 1997 draft picks outside of the first round were the Buffalo Sabres selecting Maxim Afinogenov #69 overall and Brian Campbell #156 overall.

NHL Draft 1997 Round 1 Results

#PlayerNationalityNHL TeamCollege/Junior/Club Team
1Joe Thornton (C) CanadaBoston BruinsSault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
2Patrick Marleau (C) CanadaSan Jose SharksSeattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
3Olli Jokinen (C) FinlandLos Angeles KingsHIFK (Finland)
4Roberto Luongo (G) CanadaNew York Islanders (from Toronto)Val-d'Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
5Eric Brewer (D) CanadaNew York IslandersPrince George Cougars (WHL)
6Daniel Tkaczuk (C) CanadaCalgary FlamesBarrie Colts (OHL)
7Paul Mara (D) United StatesTampa Bay LightningSudbury Wolves (OHL)
8Sergei Samsonov (LW) RussiaBoston Bruins (from Carolina)Detroit Vipers (IHL)
9Nick Boynton (D) CanadaWashington CapitalsOttawa 67's (OHL)
10Brad Ference (D) CanadaVancouver CanucksSpokane Chiefs (WHL)
11Jason Ward (RW) CanadaMontreal CanadiensErie Otters (OHL)
12Marian Hossa (RW) SlovakiaOttawa SenatorsDukla Trencin (Slovakia)
13Daniel Cleary (LW) CanadaChicago BlackhawksBelleville Bulls (OHL)
14Michel Riesen (RW)  SwitzerlandEdmonton OilersEHC Biel (Switzerland)
15Matt Zultek (LW) CanadaLos Angeles Kings (from St. Louis via Edmonton and St. Louis)Ottawa 67's (OHL)
16Ty Jones (LW) United StatesChicago Blackhawks (from Phoenix)Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
17Robert Dome (RW) SlovakiaPittsburgh PenguinsLas Vegas Thunder (IHL)
18Michael Holmqvist (C) SwedenMighty Ducks of AnaheimDjurgardens IF (Sweden)
19Stefan Cherneski (RW) CanadaNew York RangersBrandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
20Mike Brown (LW) CanadaFlorida PanthersRed Deer Rebels (WHL)
21Mika Noronen (G) FinlandBuffalo SabresTappara (Finland)
22Nikos Tselios (D) United StatesCarolina Hurricanes (from Detroit)Belleville Bulls (OHL)
23Scott Hannan (D) CanadaSan Jose Sharks (from Philadelphia via Carolina)Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
24Jean-Francois Damphousse (G) CanadaNew Jersey DevilsMoncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
25Brenden Morrow (LW) CanadaDallas StarsPortland Winter Hawks (WHL)
26Kevin Grimes (D) CanadaColorado AvalancheKingston Frontenacs (OHL)

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