In 1970, the NHL set forth on an era of expansion that would grow the league from a small niche organization to a league that would become viewed as one of the “big four” in North American sports. The addition of 14 expansion teams from 1970-2000 showed the world that the NHL wanted to become a household name.
With each new team added came the opportunity for that team to draft a player that would be the face of the franchise for years to come, and be forever tied together in history. Some teams hit while others missed badly, but what team had the best expansion era NHL Draft selection? Scroll on to find out for yourself.
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