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The 1981 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on June 10, 1981.

Dale Hawerchuk was the draft's first selection; he was selected by the Winnipeg Jets.

SelectionsEdit

Round OneEdit

Pick # Player PositionNationality NHL team College/junior/club team
1 Dale Hawerchuk Centre Template:CAN Winnipeg Jets Cornwall Royals (QMJHL)
2 Doug Smith Centre Template:CAN Los Angeles Kings (from Detroit) Ottawa 67's (OMJHL)
3 Bobby Carpenter Centre Flag of the United States.svg United States Washington Capitals (from Colorado) St. John's School (USHS-MA)
4 Ron Francis Centre Template:CAN Hartford Whalers Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OMJHL)
5 Joe Cirella Defence Template:CAN Colorado Rockies (from Washington) Oshawa Generals (OMJHL)
6 Jim Benning Defence Template:CAN Toronto Maple Leafs Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
7 Mark Hunter Right Wing Template:CAN Montreal Canadiens (from Pittsburgh) Brantford Alexanders (OMJHL)
8 Grant Fuhr Goaltender Template:CAN Edmonton Oilers Victoria Cougars (WHL)
9 James Patrick Defence Template:CAN New York Rangers Prince Albert Raiders (SJHL)
10 Garth Butcher Defence Template:CAN Vancouver Canucks Regina Pats (WHL)
11 Randy Moller Defence Template:CAN Quebec Nordiques Lethbridge Broncos (WHL)
12 Tony Tanti Right Wing Template:CAN Chicago Black Hawks Oshawa Generals (OMJHL)
13 Ron Meighan Defence Template:CAN Minnesota North Stars Niagara Falls Flyers (OMJHL)
14 Normand Leveille Left Wing Template:CAN Boston Bruins Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
15 Al MacInnis Defence Template:CAN Calgary Flames Kitchener Rangers (OMJHL)
16 Steve Smith Defence Template:CAN Philadelphia Flyers Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OMJHL)
17 Jiri Dudacek Right Wing Template:TCH Buffalo Sabres HC Kladno (Czechoslovakia)
18 Gilbert Delorme Defence Template:CAN Montreal Canadiens (from Los Angeles) Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
19 Jan Ingman Left Wing Template:SWE Montreal Canadiens Färjestad BK (Sweden)
20 Marty Ruff Defence Template:CAN St. Louis Blues Lethbridge Broncos (WHL)
21 Paul Boutilier Defence Template:CAN New York Islanders Sherbrooke Castors (QMJHL)

Round TwoEdit

Pick # Player PositionNationality NHL team College/junior/club team
22 Scott Arniel Centre Template:CAN Winnipeg Jets Cornwall Royals (QMJHL)
23 Claude Loiselle Centre Template:CAN Detroit Red Wings Windsor Spitfires (OMJHL)
24 Gary Yaremchuk Centre Template:CAN Toronto Maple Leafs (from Colorado) Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
25 Kevin Griffin Left Wing Template:CAN Chicago Black Hawks (from Hartford) Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
26 Rich Chernomaz Right Wing Template:CAN Colorado Rockies (from Washington) Victoria Cougars (WHL)
27 Dave Donnelly Centre Template:CAN Minnesota North Stars (from Toronto) St. Albert Saints (AJHL)
28 Steve Gatzos Right Wing Template:CAN Pittsburgh Penguins Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OMJHL)
29 Todd Strueby Left Wing Template:CAN Edmonton Oilers Regina Pats (WHL)
30 Jan Erixon Left Wing Template:SWE New York Rangers Skellefteå AIK (Sweden)
31 Mike Sands Goaltender Template:CAN Minnesota North Stars (from Vancouver) Sudbury Wolves (OMJHL)
32 Lars Eriksson Goaltender Template:SWE Montreal Canadiens (from Quebec) Brynäs IF (Sweden)
33 Tom Hirsch Defence Flag of the United States.svg United States Minnesota North Stars (from Chicago) Patrick Henry High School (USHS-MN)
34 Dave Preuss Right Wing Flag of the United States.svg United States Minnesota North Stars St. Thomas Academy (USHS-MN)
35 Luc Dufour Left Wing Template:CAN Boston Bruins Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
36 Hakan Nordin Defence Template:SWE St. Louis Blues (from Calgary) Färjestad BK (Sweden)
37 Rich Costello Centre Flag of the United States.svg United States Philadelphia Flyers Nantick High School (USHS-MA)
38 Hannu Virta Defence Template:FIN Buffalo Sabres TPS (Finland)
39 Dean Kennedy Defence Template:CAN Los Angeles Kings Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
40 Chris Chelios Defence Flag of the United States.svg United States Montreal Canadiens Moose Jaw Canucks (SJHL)
41 Jali Wahlsten Centre Template:FIN Minnesota North Stars (from St. Louis) TPS (Finland)
42 Gord Dineen Defence Template:CAN New York Islanders Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OMJHL)

Round ThreeEdit

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
43 Jyrki Seppa Defence Template:FIN Winnipeg Jets Ilves (Finland)
44 Corrado Micalef Goaltender Template:CAN Detroit Red Wings Sherbrooke Castors (QMJHL)
45 Eric Calder Defence Template:CAN Washington Capitals (from Colorado) Cornwall Royals (QMJHL)
46 Dieter Hegen Centre Template:FRG Montreal Canadiens (from Hartford) EVS Kaufbeuren (West Germany)
47 Barry Tabobondung Left Wing Template:CAN Philadelphia Flyers (from Washington) Oshawa Generals (OMJHL)
48 Uli Hiemer Defence Template:FRG Colorado Rockies (from Toronto) EV Fussen (West Germany)
49 Tom Thornbury Defence Template:CAN Pittsburgh Penguins Niagara Falls Flyers (OMJHL)
50 Peter Sundstrom Left Wing Template:SWE New York Rangers (from Edmonton) IF Björklöven (Sweden)
51 Mark Morrison Centre Template:CAN New York Rangers Victoria Cougars (WHL)
52 Jean-Marc Lanthier Right Wing Template:CAN Vancouver Canucks Sorel Eperviers (QMJHL)
53 Jean-Marc Gaulin Right Wing Template:CAN Quebec Nordiques Sorel Eperviers (QMJHL)
54 Darrell Anholt Defence Template:CAN Chicago Black Hawks Calgary Wranglers (WHL)
55 Ernie Godden Centre Template:CAN Toronto Maple Leafs (from Minnesota) Windsor Spitfires (OMJHL)
56 Mike Vernon Goaltender Template:CAN Calgary Flames (from Boston) Calgary Wranglers (WHL)
57 Ron Handy Left Wing Template:CAN New York Islanders (from Calgary) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OMJHL)
58 Ken Strong Left Wing Template:CAN Philadelphia Flyers Peterborough Petes (OMJHL)
59 Jim Aldred Defence Template:CAN Buffalo Sabres Kingston Canadiens (OMJHL)
60 Colin Chisholm Defence Template:CAN Buffalo Sabres (from Los Angeles) Calgary Wranglers (WHL)
61 Paul MacDermid Right Wing Template:CAN Hartford Whalers (from Montreal) Windsor Spitfires (OMJHL)
62 Gord Donnelly Defence Template:CAN St. Louis Blues Sherbrooke Castors (QMJHL)
63 Neal Coulter Right Wing Template:CAN New York Islanders Toronto Marlboros (OMJHL)

Round FourEdit

Pick # Player PositionNationality NHL team College/junior/club team
64 Kirk McCaskill Centre Template:CAN Winnipeg Jets University of Vermont (ECAC)
65 Dave Michayluk Right Wing Template:CAN Philadelphia Flyers (from Detroit) Regina Pats (WHL)
66 Gus Greco Centre Template:CAN Colorado Rockies Windsor Spitfires (OMJHL)
67 Mike Hoffman Left Wing Template:CAN Hartford Whalers Brantford Alexanders (OMJHL)
68 Tony Kellin Defence Flag of the United States.svg United States Washington Capitals Grand Rapids High School (USHS-MN)
69 Terry Tait Left Wing Template:CAN Minnesota North Stars (from Toronto) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OMJHL)
70 Norm Schmidt Defence Template:CAN Pittsburgh Penguins Oshawa Generals (OMJHL)
71 Paul Houck Right Wing Template:CAN Edmonton Oilers Kelowna Buckaroos (BCHL)
72 John Vanbiesbrouck Goaltender Flag of the United States.svg United States New York Rangers Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OMJHL)
73 Wendell Young Goaltender Template:CAN Vancouver Canucks Kitchener Rangers (OMJHL)
74 Clint Malarchuk Goaltender Template:CAN Quebec Nordiques Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
75 Perry Pelensky Right Wing Template:CAN Chicago Black Hawks Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
76 Jim Malwitz Centre Flag of the United States.svg United States Minnesota North Stars Grand Rapids High School (USHS-MN)
77 Scott McLellan Right Wing Template:CAN Boston Bruins Niagara Falls Flyers (OMJHL)
78 Peter Madach Centre Template:SWE Calgary Flames HV71 (Sweden)
79 Ken Latta Right Wing Template:CAN Philadelphia Flyers Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OMJHL)
80 Jeff Eatough Right Wing Template:CAN Buffalo Sabres Cornwall Royals (QMJHL)
81 Marty Dallman Centre Template:CAN Los Angeles Kings Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (ECAC)
82 Kjell Dahlin Right Wing Template:SWE Montreal Canadiens Timrå IK (Sweden)
83 Anders Wikberg Left Wing Template:SWE Buffalo Sabres (from St. Louis) Timra IK (Sweden)
84 Todd Lumbard Goaltender Template:CAN New York Islanders Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

Round FiveEdit

Pick # Player PositionNationality NHL team College/junior/club team
85 Marc Behrend Goaltender Flag of the United States.svg United States Winnipeg Jets University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
86 Larry Trader Defence Template:CAN Detroit Red Wings London Knights (OMJHL)
87 Doug Speck Defence Template:CAN Colorado Rockies Peterborough Petes (OMJHL)
88 Steve Rooney Left Wing Flag of the United States.svg United States Montreal Canadiens (from Hartford) [Canton High School (USHS-MA)
89 Mike Siltala Right Wing Template:CAN Washington Capitals Kingston Canadians (OMJHL)
90 Normand Lefrancois Left Wing Template:CAN Toronto Maple Leafs Trois-Rivières Draveurs (QMJHL)
91 Peter Sidorkiewicz Goaltender Template:CAN Washington Capitals (from Pittsburgh) Oshawa Generals (OMJHL)
92 Phil Drouillard Left Wing Template:CAN Edmonton Oilers Niagara Falls Flyers (OMJHL)
93 Bill Maguire Defence Template:CAN Hartford Whalers (from New York Rangers) Niagara Falls Flyers (OMJHL)
94 Jacques Sylvestre Centre Template:CAN New York Islanders (from Vancouver) Sorel Eperviers (QMJHL)
95 Ed Lee Right Wing Flag of the United States.svg United States Quebec Nordiques Princeton University (ECAC)
96 Doug Chessell Goaltender Template:CAN Chicago Black Hawks London Knights (OMJHL)
97 Kelly Hubbard Defence Template:CAN Minnesota North Stars Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
98 Joe Mantione Goaltender Template:CAN Boston Bruins Cornwall Royals (QMJHL)
99 Mario Simioni Right Wing Template:CAN Calgary Flames Toronto Marlboros (OMJHL)
100 Justin Hanley Centre Template:CAN Philadelphia Flyers Kingston Canadians (OMJHL)
101 Mauri Eivola Centre Template:FIN Buffalo Sabres TPS (Finland)
102 Barry Brigley Centre Template:CAN Toronto Maple Leafs (from Los Angeles) Calgary Wranglers (WHL)
103 Dan Bourbonnais Left Wing Template:CAN Hartford Whalers (from Montreal) Calgary Wranglers (WHL)
104 Mike Hickey Centre Template:CAN St. Louis Blues Sudbury Wolves (OMJHL)
105 Moe Lemay Left Wing Template:CAN Vancouver Canucks (from New York Islanders) Ottawa 67's (OMJHL)

Round SixEdit

Pick # Player PositionNationality NHL team College/junior/club team
106 Bob O'Connor Goaltender Flag of the United States.svg United States Winnipeg Jets Boston College (ECAC)
107 Gerard Gallant Left wing Template:CAN Detroit Red Wings Sherbrooke Castors (QMJHL)
108 Bruce Driver Defence Template:CAN Colorado Rockies University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
109 Paul Edwards Defence Template:CAN Pittsburgh Penguins (from Hartford) Oshawa Generals (OMJHL)
110 Jim McGeough Centre Template:CAN Washington Capitals Billings Bighorns (WHL)
111 Steve Smith Defence Template:CAN Edmonton Oilers (from Toronto) London Knights (OMJHL)
112 Rod Buskas Defence Template:CAN Pittsburgh Penguins Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
113 Marc Habscheid Centre Template:CAN Edmonton Oilers Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
114 Eric Magnuson Centre Flag of the United States.svg United States New York Rangers Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (ECAC)
115 Stu Kulak Right wing Template:CAN Vancouver Canucks Victoria Cougars (WHL)
116 Mike Eagles Centre Template:CAN Quebec Nordiques Kitchener Rangers (OMJHL)
117 Bill Schafhauser Defence Flag of the United States.svg United States Chicago Black Hawks Northern Michigan University (CCHA)
118 Paul Guay Right wing Flag of the United States.svg United States Minnesota North Stars Mount Saint Charles Academy (USHS-RI)
119 Bruce Milton Defence Flag of the United States.svg United States Boston Bruins Boston University (ECAC)
120 Todd Hooey Right wing Template:CAN Calgary Flames Windsor Spitfires (OMJHL)
121 Andre Villeneuve Defence Template:CAN Philadelphia Flyers Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
122 Ali Butorac Defence Template:CAN Buffalo Sabres Ottawa 67's (OMJHL)
123 Brad Thompson Defence Template:CAN Los Angeles Kings London Knights (OMJHL)
124 Tom Anastos Right wing Flag of the United States.svg United States Montreal Canadiens Paddock Pool Saints (GLJHL)
125 Peter Aslin Goaltender Template:SWE St. Louis Blues AIK (Sweden)
126 Chuck Brimmer Centre Template:CAN New York Islanders Kingston Canadiens (OMJHL)

Round SevenEdit

Pick # Player PositionNationality NHL team College/junior/club team
127 Peter Nilsson Centre Template:SWE Winnipeg Jets Hammarby IF (Sweden)
128 Greg Stefan Goaltender Template:CAN Detroit Red Wings Oshawa Generals (OMJHL)
129 Jeff Larmer Left Wing Template:CAN Colorado Rockies Kitchener Rangers (OMJHL)
130 John Mokosak Defence Template:CAN Hartford Whalers Victoria Cougars (WHL)
131 Risto Jalo Centre Template:FIN Washington Capitals Ilves (Finland)
132 Andrew Wright Defence Template:CAN Toronto Maple Leafs Peterborough Petes (OMJHL)
133 Geoff Wilson Right Wing Template:CAN Pittsburgh Penguins Winnipeg Warriors (WHL)
134 Craig Hurley Defence Template:CAN Los Angeles Kings (from Edmonton) Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
135 Mike Guentzel Defence Flag of the United States.svg United States New York Rangers Greenway High School (USHS-MN)
136 Bruce Holloway Defence Template:CAN Vancouver Canucks Regina Pats (WHL)
137 Vladimir Svitek Right Wing Template:TCH Philadelphia Flyers (from Quebec) Košice (Czechoslovakia)
138 Marc Centrone Centre Template:CAN Chicago Black Hawks Lethbridge Broncos (WHL)
139 Jim Archibald Right Wing Template:CAN Minnesota North Stars Moose Jaw Canucks (SJHL)
140 Mats Thelin Defence Template:SWE Boston Bruins AIK (Sweden)
141 Rick Heppner Defence Flag of the United States.svg United States Calgary Flames Mounds View High School (USHS-MN)
142 Gil Hudon Goaltender Template:CAN Philadelphia Flyers Prince Albert Raiders (SJHL)
143 Heikki Leime Defence Template:FIN Buffalo Sabres TPS (Finland)
144 Peter Sawkins Defence Flag of the United States.svg United States Los Angeles Kings St. Paul Academy (USHS-MN)
145 Tom Kurvers Defence Flag of the United States.svg United States Montreal Canadiens University of Minnesota Duluth (WCHA)
146 Erik Holmberg Centre Template:SWE St. Louis Blues Södertälje SK (Sweden)
147 Teppo Virta Right Wing Template:FIN New York Islanders TPS (Finland)

Round EightEdit

Pick # Player PositionNationality NHL team College/junior/club team
148 Dan McFall Defence Flag of the United States.svg United States Winnipeg Jets Buffalo Jr. Sabres (NAJHL)
149 Rick Zombo Defence Flag of the United States.svg United States Detroit Red Wings Austin Mavericks (USHL)
150 Tony Arima Left Wing Template:FIN Colorado Rockies Jokerit (Finland)
151 Denis Dore Right Wing Template:CAN Hartford Whalers Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
152 Gaetan Duchesne Left Wing Template:CAN Washington Capitals Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
153 Richard Turmel Defence Template:CAN Toronto Maple Leafs Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
154 Mitch Lamoureux Centre Template:CAN Pittsburgh Penguins Oshawa Generals (OMJHL)
155 Mike Sturgeon Defence Template:CAN Edmonton Oilers Kelowna Buckaroos (BCJHL)
156 Ari Lahteenmaki Right Wing Template:FIN New York Rangers HIFK (Finland)
157 Petri Skriko Right Wing Template:FIN Vancouver Canucks Saipa (Finland)
158 Andre Cote Right Wing Template:CAN Quebec Nordiques Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
159 Johan Mellstrom Left Wing Template:SWE Chicago Black Hawks Falun (Sweden)
160 Kari Kanervo Centre Template:FIN Minnesota North Stars TPS (Finland)
161 Armel Parisee Defence Template:CAN Boston Bruins Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
162 Dale DeGray Defence Template:CAN Calgary Flames Oshawa Generals (OMJHL)
163 Steve Taylor Left Wing Flag of the United States.svg United States Philadelphia Flyers Providence College (ECAC)
164 Gates Orlando Centre Template:CAN Buffalo Sabres Providence College (ECAC)
165 Dan Brennan Left Wing Template:CAN Los Angeles Kings University of North Dakota (WCHA)
166 Paul Gess Left Wing Flag of the United States.svg United States Montreal Canadiens Bloomington Jefferson High School (USHS-MN)
167 Alain Vigneault Defence Template:CAN St. Louis Blues Trois-Rivières Draveurs (QMJHL)
168 Bill Dowd Defence Template:CAN New York Islanders Ottawa 67's (OMJHL)

Round NineEdit

Pick # Player PositionNationality NHL team College/junior/club team
169 Greg Dick Goaltender Flag of the United States.svg United States Winnipeg Jets St. Mary's College (NCAA)
170 Don LeBlanc Left Wing Template:CAN Detroit Red Wings Moncton Hawks (NBJHL)
171 Tim Army Centre Flag of the United States.svg United States Colorado Rockies East Providence High School (USHS-RI)
172 Jeff Poeschl Goaltender Flag of the United States.svg United States Hartford Whalers Northern Michigan University (CCHA)
173 George White Left Wing Flag of the United States.svg United States Washington Capitals University of New Hampshire (ECAC)
174 Greg Barber Defence Template:CAN Toronto Maple Leafs Victoria Cougars (WHL)
175 Dean DeFazio Left Wing Template:CAN Pittsburgh Penguins Brantford Alexanders (OMJHL)
176 Miloslav Horava Defence Template:TCH Edmonton Oilers Kladno (Czechoslovakia)
177 Paul Reifenberger Centre Flag of the United States.svg United States New York Rangers Anoka High School (USHS-MN)
178 Frank Caprice Goaltender Template:CAN Vancouver Canucks London Knights (OMJHL)
179 Marc Brisebois Right Wing Template:CAN Quebec Nordiques Sorel Eperviers (QMJHL)
180 John Benns Left Wing Template:CAN Chicago Black Hawks Billings Bighorns (WHL)
181 Scott Bjugstad Centre Flag of the United States.svg United States Minnesota North Stars University of Minnesota (WCHA)
182 Don Sylvestri Goaltender Template:CAN Boston Bruins Clarkson University (ECAC)
183 George Boudreau Defence Flag of the United States.svg United States Calgary Flames Matignon High School (USHS-MA)
184 Len Hachborn Centre Template:CAN Philadelphia Flyers Brantford Alexanders(OMJHL)
185 Venci Sebek Defence Template:CAN Buffalo Sabres Niagara Falls Flyers (OMJHL)
186 Al Tuer Defence Template:CAN Los Angeles Kings Regina Pats (WHL)
187 Scott Ferguson Defence Flag of the United States.svg United States Montreal Canadiens Edina West High School (USHS-MN)
188 Dan Wood Right Wing Template:CAN St. Louis Blues Kingston Canadians (OMJHL)
189 Scott MacLellan Centre Template:CAN New York Islanders Burlington Cougars (CBJHL)

Round TenEdit

Pick # Player PositionNationality NHL team College/junior/club team
190 Vladimir Kadlec Defence Template:TCH Winnipeg Jets Vitkovice (Czechoslovakia)
191 Robert Nordmark Defence Template:SWE Detroit Red Wings Frolunda (Sweden)
192 John Johannson Centre Flag of the United States.svg United States Colorado Rockies University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
193 Larry Power Centre Template:CAN Hartford Whalers Kitchener Dutchmen (MWJBHL)
194 Chris Valentine Centre Template:CAN Washington Capitals Sorel Eperviers (QMJHL)
195 Marc Magnan Left Wing Template:CAN Toronto Maple Leafs Lethbridge Broncos (WHL)
196 Dave Hannan Centre Template:CAN Pittsburgh Penguins Brantford Alexanders (OMJHL)
197 Gord Sherven Centre Template:CAN Edmonton Oilers Weyburn Red Wings (SJHL)
198 Mario Proulx Goaltender Template:CAN New York Rangers Providence College (ECAC)
199 Rejean Vignola Centre Template:CAN Vancouver Canucks Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
200 Kari Takko Goaltender Template:FIN Quebec Nordiques Ässät (Finland)
201 Sylvain Roy Defence Template:CAN Chicago Black Hawks Hull Olympiques (QMJHL)
202 Steve Kudebeh Goaltender Flag of the United States.svg United States Minnesota North Stars Breck School (USHS-MN)
203 Richard Bourque Left Wing Template:CAN Boston Bruins Sherbrooke Castors (QMJHL)
204 Bruce Eakin Centre Template:CAN Calgary Flames Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
205 Steve Tsujiura Centre Template:CAN Philadelphia Flyers Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
206 Warren Harper Right Wing Template:CAN Buffalo Sabres Prince Albert Raiders (SJHL)
207 Jeff Baikie Left Wing Template:CAN Los Angeles Kings Cornell University (ECAC)
208 Dan Burrows Goaltender Template:CAN Montreal Canadiens Belleville Bulls (OPJHL)
209 Richard Zemlak Right Wing Template:CAN St. Louis Blues Spokane Flyers (WHL)
210 Dave Randerson Right Wing Template:CAN New York Islanders Stratford Cullitons (MWJBHL)

Round ElevenEdit

Pick # Player PositionNationality NHL team College/junior/club team
211 Dave Kirwin Defence Flag of the United States.svg United States Winnipeg Jets Irondale High School (USHS-MN)