There are seven players who were chosen in the first round of the National Hockey League Entry Draft currently on East Coast Hockey League rosters.
Selected as the sixth player overall in 1999 by Nashville, Toledo goaltender Brian Finley is the highest drafted active player, and he ranks as the second-highest draft choice to ever play in the ECHL. Daniel Dore, who played for Greensboro in 1991-92, was the fifth selection in 1988 by the New York Rangers.
Cincinnati’s Terry Ryan was the eighth selection in 1995 by Montreal ranking him as the fourth-highest draft choice to play in the ECHL. Jackson has a pair of first-round selections in Scott Kelman, who was selected 15th by Phoenix in 1999, and Kevin Grimes, who was chosen 26th in 1997 by Colorado. Wheeling’s Mario LaRocque was the 16th selection in 1996 by Tampa Bay while Johnstown’s Brent Bilodeau was chosen 17th by Montreal in 1991 and Richmond’s Brad Church was the 17th selection in 1995 by Washington.