Saturday, November 30, 2013

1988 NHL Waiver Draft

The 1988 Waiver Draft was held on October 3. The rules were almost the same as they were in 1987. In 1986 and 1987 the non-playoff clubs were allowed to make choices for an unlimited number of rounds to start off the draft, and only after all of the non-playoff clubs passed on their choices in a round were the playoff clubs allowed to begin making selections. In 1988 the number of rounds where the non-playoff clubs had this exclusivity was set to a hard limit of two. In the third and all subsequent rounds the selection order would include the playoff clubs as well. As before in the rounds where only the non-playoff teams made picks they were not allowed to choose players from other teams in their own respective divisions.

The number of players on the protected lists increased again, back up to the 18 skaters and two goalies it had been in 1980 and 1981.

PlayerPicked byPicked fromPlayer dropped
from protected list
Cash or claim?
Round 1
Stewart GavinMinnesota North StarsHartford Whalersnone$7,500
Behn WilsonVancouver CanucksChicago Blackhawksnone$2,500
Steve DykstraPittsburgh PenguinsEdmonton Oilersnone$12,500
Craig RedmondNew York RangersEdmonton Oilersnone$20,000
Round 2
Tom MartinMinnesota North StarsHartford Whalersnone$30,000
Risto SiltanenVancouver CanucksNew Jersey Devilsnone$12,000
Jay CaufieldPittsburgh PenguinsMinnesota North StarsDan Frawley$40,000
Round 3
Andy BrickleyBoston BruinsNew Jersey DevilsBill O'Dwyer$12,500
Ken HammondEdmonton OilersLos Angeles KingsDave Hannan$10,000
Round 4
Ken LeiterMinnesota North StarsNew York IslandersCurt Giles$15,000
Dave HannanPittsburgh PenguinsEdmonton OilersDave Hunterclaim
Round 5
Jim HolfordLos Angeles KingsBuffalo SabresPaul Guay$30,000
Steve SmithBuffalo SabresCalgary FlamesDoug Smith$10,000
Doug SullimanPhiladelphia FlyersNew Jersey DevilsBrad Marsh$5,000
Doug SmithEdmonton OilersBuffalo SabresMark Lamb$10,000
Round 6
Brad MarshToronto Maple LeafsPhiladelphia FlyersDale DeGray$2,500
Dale DeGrayLos Angeles KingsToronto Maple LeafsTim Watters$12,500

Note that the Steve Smith taken by the Sabres from the Flames in the fifth round is not the same Steve Smith who played for the Oilers in the 1980s and infamously scored an own-goal in game seven of the 1986 Smythe Division Finals. That Steve Smith, full name James Stephen Smith, was born April 30, 1963 in Glasgow, Scotland. The Steve Smith taken in the 1988 Waiver Draft was born April 4, 1963 in Trenton, Ontario. He was drafted in 1981 by the Flyers and had just signed as a free agent with the Flames in the summer of 1988. He never played a game for the Flames. The other Steve Smith, the one who played for the Oilers in the '80s and scored that infamous goal against his own team in '86, did play for the Flames eventually. He retired in 1997 and spent a year with the Flames as an assistant coach, after which he made a comeback and played three more seasons with the Flames.

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