The majority of the NHL’s best players were first-round draft picks. Hey, it’s only logical. But there’s big-league star power represented in every round of the draft, from the can’t-miss lottery picks all the way to the last player selected.
Here are NHL all-star teams by draft round, based on this season.
NHL FIRST-ROUND ALL-STAR TEAM
F- Connor McDavid, Edmonton (drafted 1st overall by Edmonton in 2015)
F- Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton (drafted 3rd overall by Edmonton in 2014)
F- Auston Matthews, Toronto (drafted 1st overall by Toronto in 2016)
D- Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay (drafted 2nd overall by Tampa Bay in 2009)
D- Darnell Nurse, Edmonton (drafted 7th overall by Edmonton in 2013)
G- Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas (drafted 1st overall by Pittsburgh in 2003)
First and goals: As you would expect, there are plenty of high-end performers to choose from for the first-round all-star team. At the end of the day, though, the choices were clear. Up front, the Oilers’ two-headed scoring monster (McDraisaitl? DraiDavid?) could not be denied, nor could NHL goal leader Matthews, who has also stepped up his all-around game this season…Hedman is in his prime as a three-zone force and appears well on his way to defending his Norris Trophy…Nurse rates as a surprise, but he’s plus-10 with more goals (six) than any other first-round D-man, plus he brings an intimidation factor while playing nearly 25 minutes a night…Speaking of surprises, Fleury leads all starting goalies in GAA (1.56) and save percentage (.937) to beat out Andrei Vasilevskiy (19th overall by Tampa Bay in 2012) and the Islanders’ Semyon Varlamov (23rd overall by Washington in 2006).
NHL SECOND-ROUND ALL-STAR TEAM
F- Patrice Bergeron, Boston (drafted 45th overall by Boston in 2003)
F- Alex DeBrincat, Chicago (drafted 39th overall by Chicago in 2016)
F- Tyler Toffoli, Montreal (drafted 47th overall by Los Angeles in 2010)
D- Jeff Petry, Montreal (drafted 45th overall by Edmonton in 2006)
D- Justin Faulk, St. Louis (drafted 37th overall by Carolina in 2010)
G- John Gibson, Anaheim (drafted 39th overall by Anaheim in 2011)
Second to none: Bergeron’s two-way excellence continues…DeBrincat dipped to 18 goals last year after scoring 41 in 2018-19, but he’s back in the scoring zone this season (nine goals in 14 games)…Toffoli is one of five NHL players with a double-digit goal total (10 in 15 games)…Petry is tied with Nurse for the D-man goal lead with six, and ranks third among defensemen with a plus-13 rating…Gibson continues to post sparkling numbers (2.33 GAA, .921 save percentage) on a Ducks team that gives him little offensive support (1.94 goals per game, last in the league).
NHL THIRD-ROUND ALL-STAR TEAM
F- Brad Marchand, Boston (drafted 71st overall by Boston in 2006)
F- Brayden Point, Tampa Bay (drafted 79th overall by Tampa Bay in 2014)
F- Carter Verhaeghe, Florida (drafted 82nd overall by Toronto in 2013)
D- Tyson Barrie, Edmonton (drafted 64th overall by Colorado in 2009)
D- Kris Letang, Pittsburgh (drafted 62nd overall by Pittsburgh in 2005)
G- Jordan Binnington, St. Louis (drafted 88th overall by St. Louis in 2011)
Three stars: The Lady Byng Trophy remains out of Marchand’s reach, and that’s just the way he likes it…Point has elevated into the top tier of NHL forwards, and he’s great in the clutch…Full disclosure: I was today years old when I learned how to spell “Verhaeghe,” who’s breaking out as Florida’s leading goal-scorer…Carolina’s Vincent Trocheck (64th overall by Florida in 2011), Bryan Rust (80th overall by Pittsburgh in 2010) and Tampa Bay’s Anthony Cirelli (72nd overall by Florida in 2015) also warranted consideration at forward…Barrie is reaping the offensive benefits that come with playing on the same side as McDavid and Draisaitl…Letang remains the Penguins’ blueline linchpin, playing nearly 25 minutes per game…To the Blues’ relief, Binnington has put last season’s playoff bust behind him and looks a lot more like the goalie who led St. Louis to Cup glory in 2019.
NHL FOURTH-ROUND ALL-STAR TEAM
F- Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary (drafted 104th overall by Calgary in 2011)
F- Josh Anderson, Montreal (drafted 95th overall by Columbus in 2012)
F- Andrew Copp, Winnipeg (drafted 104th overall by Winnipeg in 2013)
D- Alec Martinez, Vegas (drafted 95th overall by Los Angeles in 2007)
D- Devon Toews, Colorado (drafted 108th overall by NY Islanders in 2014)
G- Philipp Grubauer, Colorado (drafted 112th overall by Washington in 2010)
Fourth dimension: It’s been the good Gaudreau so far this season and that’s great for the Flames…Power forward Anderson has been a goal-scoring boon in Montreal…Copp’s a depth center more known for his robust style, but he’s added an offensive dimension while skating nearly 20 minutes a night…Martinez plays a ton for the contending Golden Knights and he’s productive in a supporting role…Toews adds to the Avs’ scoring punch on the back end while playing more than 23 minutes per game…Grubauer has emerged as an early frontrunner for the Vezina Trophy.
NHL FIFTH-ROUND ALL-STAR TEAM
F- Conor Garland, Arizona (drafted 123rd overall by Arizona in 2015)
F- Zach Hyman, Toronto (drafted 123rd overall by Florida in 2010)
F- Brendan Gallagher, Montreal (drafted 147th overall by Montreal in 2010)
D- John Klingberg, Dallas (drafted 131st overall by Dallas in 2010)
D- Jake Muzzin, Toronto (drafted 141st overall by Pittsburgh in 2007)
G- Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg (drafted 130th overall by Winnipeg in 2012)
Fifth elements: Garland, who quietly led Arizona with 22 goals last season, is putting up nearly a point per game for the Coyotes this year…Hyman’s hard work doesn’t always show up on the scoresheet, but his blend of skill, savvy and physicality is invaluable…Gallagher isn’t quite at Marchand’s level, but you get the general idea…St. Louis’ Mike Hoffman (129th overall by Ottawa in 2009), Dallas’ Jamie Benn (129th overall by Dallas in 2007) and Minnesota’s long-awaited rookie Kirill Kaprizov (135th overall by Minnesota in 2015) were also strongly considered at forward…Klingberg and Muzzin are clearly the cream of the fifth-round class when it comes to defensemen…Reigning Vezina Trophy winner Hellebuyck is the only full-on starting goalie with a fifth-round pedigree, though Carolina’s Petr Mrazek (141st overall by Detroit in 2010) and Edmonton’s Mike Smith (161st overall by Dallas in 2001) are in platoon situations.
NHL SIXTH-ROUND ALL-STAR TEAM
F- Mark Stone, Vegas (drafted 178th overall by Ottawa in 2010)
F- Anders Lee, NY Islanders (drafted 151st overall by NY Islanders in 2009)
F- Cam Atkinson, Columbus (drafted 157th overall by Columbus in 2008)
D- Vladislav Gavrikov, Columbus (drafted 159th overall by Columbus in 2015)
D- John Marino, Pittsburgh (drafted 154th overall by Edmonton in 2015)
G- Darcy Kuemper, Arizona (drafted 160th overall by Minnesota in 2009)
Sixth sense: It boggles the mind that Stone’s skating caused his draft stock to plummet to the sixth round. He seems to be getting around OK as one of the NHL’s top two-way players…Lee leads the Islanders as a goal-scorer and captain…Atkinson’s size – he’s 5-foot-8 – kept teams at bay until Columbus came calling late in the 2008 draft. He’s repaid the Blue Jackets with 204 career goals and counting, including a 41-goal campaign two years ago…Gavrikov gives Columbus the opposite of Atkinson: a big-bodied, shot-blocking, stay-at-home defenseman…Marino reared up in the rookie race last season before settling for eighth place in Calder Trophy voting. This season, he’s getting 23-plus minutes a night for the Penguins…Kuemper is one of four goalies drafted in the sixth round to play in the NHL this season, and he’s the only starter. The others: Linus Ullmark (163rd overall by Buffalo in 2012), Tampa Bay’s Curtis McElhinney (176th overall by Calgary in 2002) and Winnipeg’s Laurent Brossoit (164th overall by Calgary in 2011).
NHL SEVENTH-ROUND ALL-STAR TEAM
F- Joe Pavelski, Dallas (drafted 205th overall by San Jose in 2003)
F- Patric Hornqvist, Florida (drafted 230th overall by Nashville in 2005)
F- Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay (drafted 208th overall by Tampa Bay in 2011)
D- MacKenzie Weegar, Florida (drafted 206th overall by Florida in 2013)
D- Anton Stralman, Florida (drafted 216th overall by Toronto in 2005)
G- Anton Khudobin, Dallas (drafted 206th overall by Minnesota in 2004)
Seventh heaven: Not only is Pavelski the best player in the NHL who was drafted in the seventh round, he’s making a case as the best player in the NHL, period. OK, yes, that’s a stretch, but what a great start for the 36-year-old veteran…Speaking of wily old vets, Hornqvist has had an instant impact in Florida, while Palat has elevated his offense while continuing his elite two-way play in Tampa Bay. Hornqvist was the 230th and final pick in the 2005 NHL draft…Stralman and Weegar are both playing well over 20 minutes a night for Florida, and the Panthers also have a depth D-man who was drafted in the seventh round: Markus Nutivaara, selected 189th overall by Columbus in 2015…Khudobin is a no-brainer in net – he’s the only goalie from the seventh round who has played in the NHL this season.