CHL Top Draft Prospect Award
SportIce hockey
Awarded forAnnually to the top eligible Canadian Hockey League prospect for the NHL Entry Draft
First award1991
First winnerEric Lindros
Most recentConnor Bedard

The CHL Top Draft Prospect Award is given out every year to the top eligible prospect player in the Canadian Hockey League for the annual NHL Entry Draft. The award was first given in 1991, but not awarded from 2003 to 2005. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League awards the equivalent Michael Bossy Trophy, awarded to the top draft prospect in its league.[1] There is no equivalent award in the Ontario Hockey League or Western Hockey League.


List of recipients of the CHL Top Draft Prospect Award.[2][3]

Players in bold were selected with the first overall selection in the NHL Entry Draft.

Season Winner Team League
1990–91 Eric Lindros Oshawa Generals OHL
1991–92 Todd Warriner Windsor Spitfires OHL
1992–93 Alexandre Daigle Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL
1993–94 Jeff O'Neill Guelph Storm OHL
1994–95 Bryan Berard Detroit Junior Red Wings OHL
1995–96 Chris Phillips Prince Albert Raiders WHL
1996–97 Joe Thornton Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL
1997–98 Vincent Lecavalier Rimouski Océanic QMJHL
1998–99 Pavel Brendl Calgary Hitmen WHL
1999–2000 Rostislav Klesla Brampton Battalion OHL
2000–01 Jason Spezza Windsor Spitfires OHL
2001–02 Jay Bouwmeester Medicine Hat Tigers WHL
2002–03 not awarded
2003–04 not awarded
2004–05 not awarded
2005–06 Jordan Staal Peterborough Petes OHL
2006–07 Patrick Kane London Knights OHL
2007–08 Steven Stamkos Sarnia Sting OHL
2008–09 John Tavares London Knights OHL
2009–10 Tyler Seguin Plymouth Whalers OHL
2010–11 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Red Deer Rebels WHL
2011–12 Nail Yakupov Sarnia Sting OHL
2012–13 Seth Jones Portland Winterhawks WHL
2013–14 Sam Bennett Kingston Frontenacs OHL
2014–15 Connor McDavid Erie Otters OHL
2015–16 Pierre-Luc Dubois Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL
2016–17 Nolan Patrick Brandon Wheat Kings WHL
2017–18 Andrei Svechnikov Barrie Colts OHL
2018–19 Bowen Byram Vancouver Giants WHL
2019–20 Alexis Lafrenière Rimouski Océanic QMJHL
2020–21 not awarded
2021–22 Shane Wright Kingston Frontenacs OHL
2022–23 Connor Bedard Regina Pats WHL

See also


  1. ^ Demers, Denis. QMJHL Media Guide (PDF) (in English and French) (2017–2018 ed.). Boucherville, Quebec: Canadian Hockey League. pp. 228–251. ISBN 978-2-9811465-7-1.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "CHL Awards". Canadian Hockey League. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  3. ^ "CHL announces 2021-22 Award winners". Canadian Hockey League. June 28, 2022. Retrieved June 29, 2022.