Saturday, November 30, 2013

1987 NHL Waiver Draft

The 1987 Waiver Draft was held on October 5. The rules were the same as they were in 1986, except that non-playoff clubs were only allowed to choose to not drop a player from their protected lists when they made a selection in the first rounds of exclusive selections amongst themselves. In '86 they were afforded this luxury in any round.

PlayerPicked byPicked fromPlayer dropped
from protected list
Cash or claim?
Round 1
Kevin MaguireBuffalo SabresToronto Maple Leafsnone$40,000
Reijo RuotsalainenNew Jersey DevilsEdmonton Oilersnonecash
Randy BoydVancouver CanucksNew York Islandersnonecash
Al TuerMinnesota North StarsEdmonton Oilersnonecash
Charlie SimmerPittsburgh PenguinsBoston Bruinsnone$2,500
Round 2
Risto SiltanenNew Jersey DevilsQuebec Nordiquesnonecash
Round 3
all non-playoff clubs passed
Round 4
Tim TookeyLos Angeles KingsPhiladelphia FlyersDave Williamscash
Glen CochraneChicago BlackhawksVancouver CanucksJack O'Callahancash
Bill RootSt. Louis BluesHartford WhalersDoug Wickenheiserclaim
Willi PlettBoston BruinsNew York RangersDave Reidcash
Round 5
Ed HospodarBuffalo SabresPhiladelphia FlyersDave Fenyvesclaim
Jack O'CallahanNew Jersey DevilsChicago BlackhawksRisto Siltanencash
Doug WickenheiserVancouver CanucksHartford WhalersBrent Petersonclaim
Stu KulakQuebec NordiquesNew York RangersRichard Zemlakclaim
Round 6
Richard ZemlakMinnesota North StarsNew York RangersAl Tuercash

This was easily the busiest waiver draft ever up to that point. 17 players changed hands as a result of 15 draft picks. Doug Wickenheiser and Richard Zemlak were members of the Whalers and Rangers respectively for mere minutes: when the Blues took Bill Root from the Whalers in the fourth round the Blues dropped Wickenheiser from their protected list, and the Whalers claimed him as compensation for Root in lieu of cash. However, he was not placed on the Whalers' protected list. In the fifth round Wickenheiser was taken from the Whalers by the Canucks. Similarly Zemlak was dropped when the Nordiques chose Stu Kulak from the Rangers, and in the next round was taken from the Rangers by the North Stars.


Some sources state that two other players changed hands during this waiver draft: Mark Lamb from the Red Wings to the Oilers and Paul Fenton from the Rangers to the Kings. I have not found any period sources to substantiate this. I suspect they may have been offered on waivers later that same day for a reduced draft price (teams were free to set whatever waiver price they wanted up to the maximum).

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