Six best, worst No. 6 NHL draft picks of all-time

The list of sixth overall picks in the past 50 NHL entry drafts includes Hall of Famers and players whose careers consisted of only a handful of games.

The Detroit Red Wings will select sixth during the first round of the draft on July 23. Then it will take a few years to develop that player and possibly many more to determine how successful he will be at hockey’s highest level.

This is the third time in four years the Red Wings will pick sixth. That is where they took Filip Zadina in 2018 and Moritz Seider in 2019.

Here is a look at the six best and six worst No. 6 picks of all-time. This excludes recent drafts, as time will tell on those players, as well as drafts prior to 1970, when it wasn’t uncommon for many high picks to never reach the NHL.

Best all-time No. 6 picks

1. Peter Forsberg, Philadelphia, 1991: An immensely talented center who averaged 1.25 points per game in the regular season and 1.13 points per game in the playoffs. Injuries limited him to 708 NHL games. He was the centerpiece of the blockbuster 1992 Eric Lindros trade between Quebec and Philadelphia a year after being drafted. He won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year with the Nordiques in 1995, as well as the Art Ross (scoring leader) and Hart (MVP) Trophies with Colorado in 2003 and two Stanley Cups…

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