It was Brian Lawton , drafted by the Minnesota North Stars.
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The 1990 NHL Entry Draft was held in BC Place Stadium, Vancouver. Owen Nolan was the first overall selection in that draft.
Draft candidates are eligible to be chosen at the age of 18. Sidney Crosby was a recent example of this as he was selected first overall in the 2005 NHL Draft at the minimum age.
The first draft (then known as the "NHL Amateur Draft") was held on June 5, 1963 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. So there was no draft in 52