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06-23-2006, 05:51 PM
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Draft Question

In the history of the draft, has there big an American-born player drafter 1st overall? If so, who? If not, which pick was the closest to 1st?

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06-23-2006, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by raleh
Pat Lafontaine was drafted 1st overall in '83 wasn't he?
No. Brian Lawton went first in 1983. LaFontaine was in the top five, I believe.

I believe Lawton was the first American to go first overall. Others include Mike Modano (1988), Bryan Berard (1995) and Rick DiPietro (2000).

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hahaha...you replied just as I removed my post because I realized it was wrong. Lafontaine went #3 overall that year.

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06-23-2006, 06:08 PM
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Here are some draft facts listed in "Official Guide & Record Book":

1st US college player drafted: Al Karlander, from Michigan Tech was taken by Detroit with the 17th overall pick/2nd round in 1967 (he was the only college player to net a hat trick vs. Ken Dryden).

1st US college first round selection: Mike Ramsey, from Minnesota, 11th overall by Buffalo in 1979.

1st US high school player drafted: Jay North of Bloomington-Jefferson HS was taken by Buffalo with the 62nd pick in 1980.

1st US high school first-round selection: Bob Carpenter, St. John's Prep, 3rd overall in 1981 by Washington.

1st US high school player drafted first overall: Brian Lawton by Minnesota in 1983. From Mt. St. Charles HS.

1st US college player drafted first overall: Joe Murphy from Michigan by Detroit in 1986.

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