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The 1973 NHL Amateur Draft, the 11th National Hockey League draft was the first to be held on a separate day from other league activities on May 15, 1973, at the Mount Royal Hotel in Montreal so it would not overshadow the rest of the league meetings. Previously, the league had held the amateur draft in mid-June. It also marks the second time the meeting took place at the Mount Royal Hotel rather than the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. In 1972, when the World Hockey Association was beginning to take form, some teams were more focused on the amateur draft that they stopped paying attention to other issues (mainly the WHA raiding NHL rosters) and were spending their time preparing for the draft.

With the WHA having already operated for a full season, NHL teams realized they would have to fight to sign their top picks. This was especially important in a year when the draft was considered extremely deep and the WHA was scheduled to draft players just three days after the NHL.

The top pick of the 1973 NHL amateur draft was Ottawa 67's star Denis Potvin who was projected to be the next Bobby Orr. The Montreal Canadiens, the most active team on draft day, re-positioned themselves by trading for several high picks and then offered the New York Islanders all types of packages for the first choice overall as they want to select Potvin for themselves. Islanders general manager Bill Torrey was not interested, however and held on to the top pick. He selected Potvin, who became a big part of the building block for the Islanders hockey dynasty between 1980 to 1983

Although the NHL had to compete hard with the WHA to sign these amateur players, they managed to sign all 16 of their first-round draft picks before the rival league could. The NHL-WHA competition was so fierce that the Toronto Maple Leafs offered a staggering, at the time, five-year $600,000 contract for right winger Lanny McDonald of the Medicine Hat Tigers , which kept the No. 4 pick from signing with the WHA's Cleveland Crusaders.

Eligible for the draft were all amateur players born before January 1, 1954 The NHL paid a lump sum to the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association to support major junior hockey as a group. Teams could offer a player a contract at any time after the draft without risking then re-entering a future NHL draft.

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Selections by round

Below are listed the selections in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft.

= NHL All-Star [1] = Hall of Famers

Round one

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
1 Denis Potvin Defence New York Islanders Ottawa 67's (OHA)
2 Tom Lysiak Centre Atlanta Flames Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
3 Dennis Ververgaert Right wing Vancouver Canucks London Knights (OHA)
4 Lanny McDonald Right wing Toronto Maple Leafs Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
5 John Davidson Goaltender St. Louis Blues Calgary Wranglers (WCHL)
6 Andre Savard Centre Boston Bruins Québec Remparts (QMJHL)
7 Blaine Stoughton Right wing Pittsburgh Penguins Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL)
8 Bob Gainey Left wing Montreal Canadiens Peterborough Petes (OHA)
9 Bob Dailey Defence Vancouver Canucks Toronto Marlboros (OHA)
10 Bob Neely Defence Toronto Maple Leafs Peterborough Petes (OHA)
11 Terry Richardson Goaltender Detroit Red Wings New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
12 Morris Titanic Left wing Buffalo Sabres Sudbury Wolves (OHA)
13 Darcy Rota Left wing Chicago Black Hawks Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)
14 Rick Middleton Right wing New York Rangers Oshawa Generals (OHA)
15 Ian Turnbull Defence Toronto Maple Leafs Ottawa 67's (OHA)
16 Vic Mercredi Centre Atlanta Flames New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round two

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
17 Glenn Goldup Right wing Montreal Canadiens Toronto (OHA)
18 Blake Dunlop Centre Minnesota North Stars Ottawa (OHA)
19 Paulin Bordeleau Right wing Vancouver Canucks Toronto (OHA)
20 Larry Goodenough Defence Philadelphia Flyers London (OHA)
21 Eric Vail Left wing Atlanta Flames Sudbury (OHA)
22 Peter Marrin Centre Montreal Canadiens Toronto (OHA)
23 Wayne Bianchin Left wing Pittsburgh Penguins Flin Flon (WCHL)
24 George Pesut Defence St. Louis Blues Saskatoon (WCHL)
25 John Rogers Right wing Minnesota North Stars Edmonton (WCHL)
26 Brent Leavins Left wing Philadelphia Flyers Swift Current (WCHL)
27 Colin Campbell Defence Pittsburgh Penguins Peterborough (OHA)
28 Jean Landry Defence Buffalo Sabres Quebec (QMJHL)
29 Reg Thomas Left wing Chicago Black Hawks London (OHA)
30 Pat Hickey Left wing New York Rangers Hamilton (OHA)
31 Jimmy Jones Right wing Boston Bruins Peterborough (OHA)
32 Ron Andruff Centre Montreal Canadiens Flin Flon (WCHL)
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round three

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
33 Dave Lewis Defence New York Islanders Saskatoon (WCHL)
34 Jeff Jacques Centre California Golden Seals St. Catharines (OHA)
35 Paul Sheard Right wing Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Vancouver Canucks Ottawa (OHA)
36 Doug Gibson Centre Boston Bruins Peterborough (OHA)
37 Ed Humphreys Goaltender Montreal Canadiens Saskatoon (WCHL)
38 Russ Walker Right wing Los Angeles Kings Saskatoon (WCHL)
39 Nelson Pyatt Centre Detroit Red Wings Oshawa (OHA)
40 Bob Stumpf Right wing Philadelphia Flyers New Westminster (WCHL)
41 Rick Chinnick Right wing Minnesota North Stars Peterborough (OHA)
42 Mike Clarke Centre Philadelphia Flyers Calgary (WCHL)
43 Robbie Neale Centre Detroit Red Wings Brandon (WCHL)
44 Andre Deschamps Left wing Buffalo Sabres Quebec (QMJHL)
45 Randy Holt Defence Chicago Black Hawks Sudbury (OHA)
46 John Campbell Left wing New York Rangers Sault Ste. Marie (OHA)
47 Al Sims Defence Boston Bruins Cornwall (QMJHL)
48 Bob Gassoff Defence St. Louis Blues Medicine Hat (WCHL)
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round four

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
49 Andre St. Laurent Centre New York Islanders Montreal (QMJHL)
50 Ron Serafini Defence Flag of the United States United States California Golden Seals St. Catharines (OHA)
51 Keith Mackie Defence Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Vancouver Canucks Edmonton (WCHL)
52 Frank Rochon Left wing Toronto Maple Leafs Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
53 Dean Talafous Centre Flag of the United States United States Atlanta Flames Wisconsin (NCAA)
54 Jim McCrimmon Defence Los Angeles Kings Medicine Hat (WCHL)
55 Dennis Owchar Defence Pittsburgh Penguins Toronto (OHA)
56 Alan Hangsleben Defence Flag of the United States United States Montreal Canadiens North Dakota (NCAA)
57 Tom Colley Centre Minnesota North Stars Sudbury (OHA)
58 Dale Cook Left wing Philadelphia Flyers Victoria (WCHL)
59 Mike Korney Defence Detroit Red Wings Winnipeg (WCHL)
60 Yvon Dupuis Right wing Buffalo Sabres Quebec (QMJHL)
61 Dave Elliott Left wing Chicago Black Hawks Winnipeg (WCHL)
62 Brian Molvik Defence New York Rangers Calgary (WCHL)
63 Steve Langdon Left wing Boston Bruins London (OHA)
64 Richard Latulippe Centre Montreal Canadiens Quebec (QMJHL)
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round five

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
65 Ron Kennedy Right wing New York Islanders New Westminster (WCHL)
66 Jim Moxey Right wing California Golden Seals Hamilton (OHA)
67 Paul O'Neil Centre Flag of the United States United States Vancouver Canucks Boston University (NCAA)
68 Gord Titcomb Left wing Toronto Maple Leafs St. Catharines (OHA)
69 John Flesch Left wing Atlanta Flames Lake Superior (NCAA)
70 Dennis Abgrall Right wing Los Angeles Kings Saskatoon (WCHL)
71 Guido Tenesi Defence Flag of the United States United States Pittsburgh Penguins Oshawa (OHA)
72 Bill Laing Centre St. Louis Blues Saskatoon (WCHL)
73 Lowell Ostlund Defence Minnesota North Stars Saskatoon (WCHL)
74 Michel Latreille Defence Philadelphia Flyers Montreal (QMJHL)
75 Blair Stewart Centre Detroit Red Wings Winnipeg (WCHL)
76 Bob Smulders Right wing Buffalo Sabres Peterborough (OHA)
77 Dan Hinton Left wing Chicago Black Hawks Sault Ste. Marie (OHA)
78 Pierre Laganiere Right wing New York Rangers Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
79 Peter Crosbie Goaltender Boston Bruins London (OHA)
80 Gerard Gibbons Defence Montreal Canadiens St. Mary's AUAA
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round six

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
81 Keith Smith Defence New York Islanders Brown (NCAA)
82 Willie Trognitz Left wing California Golden Seals Thunder Bay Juniors
83 Jim Cowell Centre Vancouver Canucks Ottawa (OHA)
84 Doug Marit Defence Toronto Maple Leafs Regina (WCHL)
85 Ken Houston Defence Atlanta Flames Chatham SOJHL
86 Blair MacDonald Right wing Los Angeles Kings Cornwall (QMJHL)
87 Don Seiling Left wing Pittsburgh Penguins Oshawa (OHA)
88 Randy Smith Left wing St. Louis Blues Edmonton (WCHL)
89 David Lee Left wing Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Minnesota North Stars Ottawa (OHA)
90 Doug Ferguson Defence Philadelphia Flyers Hamilton (OHA)
91 Glenn Cickello Defence Detroit Red Wings Hamilton (OHA)
92 Neil Korzack Left wing Buffalo Sabres Peterborough (OHA)
93 Garry Doerksen Centre Chicago Black Hawks Winnipeg (WCHL)
94 Dwayne Pentland Defence New York Rangers Brandon (WCHL)
95 J.P. Burgoyne Defence Boston Bruins Shawinigan (QMJHL)
96 Denis Patry Right wing Montreal Canadiens Drummondville (QMJHL)
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round seven

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
97 Don Cutts Goaltender New York Islanders RPI (NCAA)
98 Paul Tantardini Left wing California Golden Seals Downsview Bombers Ontario Jr. A
99 Clay Hebenton Goaltender Vancouver Canucks Portland WCJHL
100 Dan Follet Goaltender Toronto Maple Leafs Downsview Bombers Ontario Jr. A
101 Tom Machowski Defence Flag of the United States United States Atlanta Flames Wisconsin (NCAA)
102 Roly Kimble Goaltender Los Angeles Kings Hamilton (OHA)
103 Terry Ewasiuk Left wing Pittsburgh Penguins Victoria (WCHL)
104 John Wensink Left wing St. Louis Blues Cornwall (QMJHL)
105 Lou Nistico Centre Minnesota North Stars London (OHA)
106 Tom Young Defence Philadelphia Flyers Sudbury (OHA)
107 Brian Middleton Defence Detroit Red Wings Alberta (NCAA)
108 Bob Young Defence Flag of the United States United States Buffalo Sabres Denver (NCAA)
109 Wayne Dye Left wing Chicago Black Hawks New Westminster (WCHL)
110 Denis Andersen Defence New York Islanders New Westminster (WCHL)
111 Walter Johnson Right wing Flag of the United States United States Boston Bruins Oshawa (OHA)
112 Michel Belisle Centre Montreal Canadiens Montreal (QMJHL)
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round eight

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
113 Mike Kennedy Right wing New York Islanders Kitchener (OHA)
114 Bruce Greig Left wing California Golden Seals Vancouver (WCHL)
115 John Senkpiel Left wing Vancouver Canucks Vancouver (WCHL)
116 Les Burgess Left wing Toronto Maple Leafs Kitchener (OHA)
117 Bob Law Right wing Atlanta Flames North Dakota (WCHA)
118 Dennis Polonich Centre Detroit Red Wings Flin Flon (WCHL)
119 Fred Comrie Centre Pittsburgh Penguins Edmonton (WCHL)
120 Jean Tetreault Left wing St. Louis Blues Drummondville (QMJHL)
121 George Beveridge Defence Minnesota North Stars Kitchener (OHA)
122 Norm Barnes Defence Philadelphia Flyers Michigan State (NCAA)
123 George Lyle Left wing Detroit Red Wings Michigan Tech (NCAA)
124 Tim O'Connell Right wing Flag of the United States United States Buffalo Sabres Vermont (NCAA)
125 Jim Koleff Centre Chicago Black Hawks Hamilton (OHA)
126 Denis Desgagnes Centre New York Islanders Sorel (QMJHL)
127 Virgil Gates Defence Boston Bruins Swift Current (WCHL)
128 Mario Desjardins Left wing Montreal Canadiens Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round nine

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
129 Bob Lorimer Defence New York Islanders Michigan Tech (NCAA)
130 Larry Patey Centre California Golden Seals Braintree NEJHL
131 Peter Folco Defence Vancouver Canucks Quebec (QMJHL)
132 Dave Pay Left wing Toronto Maple Leafs Wisconsin (NCAA)
133 Bob Bilodeau Defence Atlanta Flames New Westminster (WCHL)
134 Gord Lane Defence Pittsburgh Penguins New Westminster (WCHL)
135 Dennis O'Brien Defence Detroit Red Wings Laurentian CIAU
136 Jim Johnston Centre Minnesota North Stars Peterborough (OHA)
137 Dan O'Donohue Defence Philadelphia Flyers Sault Ste. Marie (OHA)
138 Tom Newman Defence Detroit Red Wings Kitchener (OHA)
139 Ray Bibeau Defence Detroit Red Wings Montreal (QMJHL)
140 Jack Johnson Defence Flag of the United States United States Chicago Black Hawks Wisconsin (NCAA)
141 Steve Alley Left wing Flag of the United States United States Chicago Black Hawks Wisconsin (NCAA)
142 Jim Pettie Goaltender Boston Bruins St. Catharines (OHA)
143 Bob Wright Right wing Montreal Canadiens Pembroke Lumber Kings CJAHL
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round ten

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
144 Lee Palmer Defence Toronto Maple Leafs Clarkson (NCAA)
145 Doug Mahood Right wing California Golden Seals Sault Ste. Marie (OHA)
146 Terry McDougall Centre Vancouver Canucks Swift Current (WCHL)
147 Bob Peace Centre Toronto Maple Leafs Cornell (NCAA)
148 Glen Surbey Defence Atlanta Flames Loyola College (NCAA)
149 Guy Ross Defence Atlanta Flames Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
150 Randy Aimoe Defence Pittsburgh Penguins Medicine Hat (WCHL)
151 Kevin Neville Goaltender Detroit Red Wings Toronto (OHA)
152 Sam Clegg Goaltender Minnesota North Stars Medicine Hat (WCHL)
153 Brian Dick Right wing Philadelphia Flyers Winnipeg (WCHL)
154 Ken Gibb Defence Detroit Red Wings North Dakota (NCAA)
155 Mitch Brandt Defence Flag of the United States United States Detroit Red Wings Denver (NCAA)
156 Rick Clubbe Centre Chicago Black Hawks North Dakota (NCAA)
157 Yvan Bouillon Centre Boston Bruins Cornwall (QMJHL)
158 Alain Labrecque Centre Montreal Canadiens Trois-Rivieres (QMJHL)
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round eleven

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
159 Norm McLeod Left wing Toronto Maple Leafs Ottawa (OHA Jr. A)
160 Angie Moretto Centre California Golden Seals Michigan (NCAA)
161 Russ Wiechnik Centre Minnesota North Stars Calgary (WCHL)
162 Greg Fox Defence Atlanta Flames Michigan (WCHA)
163 Max Hansen Left wing Flag of the United States United States Minnesota North Stars Sudbury (OHA)
164 Don McLeod Centre Pittsburgh Penguins Saskatoon (WCHL)
165 Gene Strate Defence Chicago Black Hawks Edmonton (WCHL)
166 Gord Halliday Right wing Montreal Canadiens Pennsylvania (ECAC)
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round twelve

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
167 Cap Raeder Goaltender Flag of the United States United States Montreal Canadiens New Hampshire (NCAA)
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.

Round thirteen

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
168 Louis Chiasson Centre Montreal Canadiens Trois-Rivieres (QMJHL)
Reference: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.
= NHL All-Star [1] = Hall of Famers

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