The biggest name taken in this draft was Bert Olmstead. He was 35 years old at the time, soon to be 36, and it was no secret that the Rangers drafted Olmstead so that he could take over as a playing coach from Doug Harvey. Olmstead wasn't interested and refused to report to the Rangers. There were rumours that the Canadiens were interested in re-acquiring Olmstead but he eventually chose retirement.
Jean-Guy Gendron and Bronco Horvath were drafted for the second straight year, the third time since 1957 that each had been selected.
|Overall||Player Chosen||By||From||Player Removed|
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|1||Jean-Guy Gendron||Boston Bruins||New York Rangers|
|2||Alex Faulkner||Detroit Red Wings||Toronto Maple Leafs||Vic Stasiuk|
|3||Warren Godfrey||Boston Bruins||Detroit Red Wings|
|4||Barclay Plager||Detroit Red Wings||Montreal Canadiens||Forbes Kennedy|
|5||Bert Olmstead||New York Rangers||Toronto Maple Leafs||Irv Spencer|
|pass||Chicago Black Hawks|
|pass||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|6||Irv Spencer||Boston Bruins||New York Rangers||Jerry Toppazzini|
|7||Floyd Smith||Detroit Red Wings||New York Rangers||Claude Laforge|
|8||Bronco Horvath||New York Rangers||Chicago Black Hawks|
|9||Ed Van Impe||Toronto Maple Leafs||Chicago Black Hawks|