It's hard to believe it's been half a century.
The 2012 Draft marks the 50th year the league has taken turns bolstering their line-ups with top junior talent.
To mark the occasion, TSN is offering comprehensive coverage of the Draft's history.
Want to know who went first overall? Who was the steal of the draft? Which general manager made up a Japanese forward and drafted him out of sheer boredom?
Check out TSN's The NHL Draft at 50, a comprehensive look at the highs, lows and intrigue of a half-century on the draft floor.
Also be sure to check in to TSN.ca every day leading up to the draft as the site looks at the top story lines that have emerged throughout the event's 50-year history.
The best picks, the biggest trades, the most notorious busts will all get a turn in the spotlight as TSN.ca gets you primed for the 50th NHL Draft in Pittsburgh on June 22.