Saturday, November 30, 2013

1983 NHL Waiver Draft

The 1983 NHL Waiver Draft was held on Monday, October 3. The rules were the same as they were in 1982.

PlayerPicked byPicked fromPlayer dropped
from protected list
Cash or claim?
Round 1
Grant MulveyPittsburgh PenguinsChicago Black HawksPaul Gardnercash
Mike CrombeenHartford WhalersSt. Louis BluesMark Renaudcash
Don NachbaurLos Angeles KingsEdmonton OilersMark Lofthousecash
Terry JohnsonSt. Louis BluesQuebec NordiquesJack Carlsoncash
Mark RenaudBuffalo SabresHartford WhalersJohn Van Boxmeercash
Jean HamelMontreal CanadiensQuebec NordiquesJeff Brubakercash
Round 2
Mike ZukeHartford WhalersSt. Louis BluesRoss Yatescash
Dwight SchofieldSt. Louis BluesMontreal CanadiensBobby Crawfordcash
Jeff BrubakerCalgary FlamesMontreal CanadiensGreg Meredithcash
John Van BoxmeerQuebec NordiquesBuffalo SabresPat Pricecash
Round 3
Bobby CrawfordHartford WhalersSt. Louis BluesDoug Sullimancash

As you can see many of the choices in the last couple rounds were players who had been dropped by their respective teams when the teams made earlier choices. E.g. when the Whalers selected Mike Crombeen from the Blues they dropped Mark Renaud from their protected list, and Renaud was later claimed by the Sabres. When the Sabres selected Renaud they dropped John Van Boxmeer from their protected list; Van Boxmeer was selected in the second round by the Nordiques.

Grant Mulvey, selected with the first pick by the Penguins, was also coveted by the New Jersey Devils, who held the third overall pick. The Devils passed on that third overall pick, and all subsequent picks. The only player they were interested in was Mulvey, who had scored 30 goals in his last full season ('81-'82) but had missed almost the entire '82-'83 season with a serious knee injury. The Hawks left him exposed because they doubted that he could ever play at a high level again. After the draft the Devils' GM Billy MacMillan and Penguins' GM Eddie Johnston made a deal: the Penguins would trade Mulvey to the Devils for future considerations.

Only one problem: that was against the rules! The NHL vetoed the deal. The Penguins weren't allowed to trade Mulvey unless he had been offered on waivers first, similar to what happened between the Capitals and Canadiens with respect to Pierre Bouchard at the 1978 Waiver Draft. In the case of Grant Mulvey, the Penguins and the Devils, the only team that held waiver priority before the Devils was the Whalers and the Whalers weren't particularly interested in Mulvey. The Penguins put Mulvey on waivers on October 6 and the Devils' claim for him was successful. It took a few extra days but Grant Mulvey was a New Jersey Devil. He ended up playing 12 games for the Devils and the rest of the season with the Maine Mariners of the AHL. At the end of the '83-'84 season, having won the Calder Cup with the Mariners, Grant Mulvey retired.

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