Saturday, June 2, 2012

1965 Reverse Draft

1965 was the year of the inaugural Reverse Draft. Held June 10 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, WHL and AHL teams paid $10,000 per pick to the NHL teams. In theory this draft was for the purpose of allowing the minor league teams to draft talent from the NHL clubs, clubs who had been poaching their players for many years. In practice this draft consisted mostly of the big clubs exchanging players from one minor league affiliate to another. The Portland Buckaroos of the WHL, the only WHL club at the time which had no affiliation with an NHL team, didn't bother participating; they passed on all their draft choices.


The draft picks listed below are listed with both the NHL team whom they were nominally picked from as well as the minor-league affiliate they had been playing for in the 1964-65 season.


Note that Carl Wetzel, the goalie taken in the first round by the Quebec Aces, was the only player taken who had spent any time in the NHL in the '64-'65 season. He was the back-up to Roger Crozier and only appeared in two games. In January, 1965 he was demoted to Pittsburgh of the AHL.

OverallPlayer ChosenByFrom
Round 1
Frank MartinProvidence RedsMontreal Canadiens
(Quebec Aces, AHL)
Adam KellerCleveland BaronsDetroit Red Wings
(Pittsburgh Hornets, AHL)
Howie MenardSpringfield IndiansDetroit Red Wings
(Memphis Wings, CPHL)
Pete FordPittsburgh HornetsChicago Black Hawks
(St. Louis Braves, CPHL)
Ken StephansonBaltimore ClippersDetroit Red Wings
(Minneapolis Bruins, CPHL)1
Pete PanagabkoHershey BearsBoston Bruins
(Minneapolis Bruins, CPHL)
Roger LafreniereBuffalo BisonsDetroit Red Wings
(Providence Reds, AHL)
Carl WetzelQuebec AcesDetroit Red Wings
(Pittsburgh Hornets, AHL)
Bob BarlowRochester AmericansMontreal Canadiens
(Seattle Totems, WHL)
Round 2
Dave McCombCleveland BaronsMontreal Canadiens
(Cleveland Barons, AHL)
Brent HughesSpringfield IndiansBoston Bruins
(Minneapolis Bruins, CPHL)
Danny BelislePittsburgh HornetsNew York Rangers
(Vancouver Canucks, WHL)
Duncan MacDonaldBaltimore ClippersToronto Maple Leafs
(Minneapolis Bruins, CPHL)2
Gerry OuelletteBuffalo BisonsBoston Bruins
(Minneapolis Bruins, CPHL)
Moe ManthaQuebec AcesMontreal Canadiens
(Seattle Totems, WHL)
Barrie RossRochester AmericansNew York Rangers
(St. Paul Rangers, CPHL)
Round 3
Wayne SchultzCleveland BaronsBoston Bruins
(Minneapolis Bruins, CPHL)
Jean CossetteBaltimore ClippersMontreal Canadiens
(Seattle Totems, WHL)
Round 4
Gerry BrissonCleveland BaronsMontreal Canadiens
(Seattle Totems, WHL)
Mike CorbettBaltimore ClippersToronto Maple Leafs
(Tulsa Oilers, CPHL)
1. Boston Bruins traded Ken Stephanson to Detroit Red Wings with Ab McDonald and John McKenzie for Bob Dillabough, Ron Harris, Junior Langlois and Parker MacDonald, May 31, 1965.
2. I'm not sure why Duncan MacDonald had been playing for a Bruins affiliate instead of the Maple Leafs; I suspect he had been loaned to the Minneapolis Bruins for the rest of the '64-'65 season. It was not uncommon back then.

OverallPlayer ChosenByFrom
Round 1
Jerry ToppazziniLos Angeles BladesDetroit Red Wings
(Pittsburgh Hornets, AHL)
John GravelSan Francisco SealsBoston Bruins
(Minneapolis Bruins, CPHL)
Bob PerreaultVictoria Maple LeafsBoston Bruins
(San Francisco Seals, WHL)
Ron BoehmVancouver CanucksBoston Bruins
(Minneapolis Bruins, CPHL)
Doug SeniorSeattle TotemsMontreal Canadiens
(Seattle Totems, WHL)
passPortland Buckaroos
Round 2
Harry SindenSan Francisco SealsBoston Bruins
(Minneapolis Bruins, CPHL)
Wayne MuloinVancouver CanucksDetroit Red Wings
(St. Paul Rangers, CPHL)
Ray KinasewichSeattle TotemsMontreal Canadiens
(Seattle Totems, WHL)
Round 3
Buddy BooneVancouver CanucksNew York Rangers
(Vancouver Canucks, WHL)

Again, as with the 1966 Amateur Draft I have assigned no overall order to the picks because I can't be sure whether the AHL and WHL teams picked together or each league had its turn one after the other. The order presented here is accurate with respect to each league.

Source:
"Eight From Habs In Reverse Draft". Montreal Gazette. June 11, 1965. p. 27. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=SIY1AAAAIBAJ&sjid=Wp8FAAAAIBAJ&pg=4308%2C2428581

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