Year Drafted: 1997
Pick: 22nd overall (1st round)
NHL Stats: 2 games played, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 points, 6 penalty minutes, -2
The Carolina Hurricanes selected Nikos Tselios with the 22nd pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. It was the team’s first pick in its existence.
After being drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes, Tselios returned to the OHL with the Belleville Bulls in the 1997-1998 season. He was moved to the Plymouth Whalers during that same season.
Nikos Tselios was a point per game player in his final year in the OHL in the 1998-1999 season. He tallied 60 points (21 goals, 39 assists) in 60 games with the Plymouth Whalers.
Tselios impressed a lot of people in his final year in juniors. After graduating from the OHL, Nikos Tselios failed to live up to the expectations that were placed on him. He played in 159 games in two years with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the IHL from 1999 to 2001. He tallied just 47 points in that time.
The 6’5″, 220 pound defenseman made his NHL debut during the 2001-2002 season. He failed to get on the scoreboard in two games played that year, but he did rack up six penalty minutes in those two games.
Unfortunately, Nikos Tselios failed to play another NHL game. He bounced around the AHL until 2005. He then played for KalPa in Finland before playing for Farjestads BK Karlstad in Sweden. In the 2006-2007 season, Tselios played for the Chicago Hounds in the USHL.
The Oak Park, Illinois native finished his playing career in 2008 in Sweden.