1993 Draft Final Rankings
Rank Player Team Position Comments
1 Chris Pronger Shawinigan Cataractes Defense Pronger is as close to a lock to go #1 as we have had in years. If so, he will become the second straight defenseman to go first overall, following Sergei Gonchar last year, and 5th overall (Larry Robinson, Brian Leetch, Niklas Lidstrom). Pronger possess a little bit of everything from those names.  He has the size of Robinson, the hockey intelligence of Lidstrom, and the play making ability of Leetch. Throw in terrific skating and a mean streak and you have a player who will anchor a blue line for a decade.  He may not do it in his first year, but by the time he is 20, look for him to be among the league leaders.  He was this year's Defenseman of the Year in the NJFHL and makes this truly the 'Pronger' draft.
2 Tim Thomas Sudbury Wolves Goalie Paul Kariya has been a consensus #2 pick most of the year, but Central Scouting is going with goalie Tim Thomas. Thomas has done what no other goalie has done in NJFHL history and that is win the Goaltender of the Year award three straight years! Put another way, he won it every season he played!  Patrick Roy won it twice.  Martin Brodeur won it twice. They are the only multiplie award recipients in NJFHL history. Thomas didn't have as good a record as previos years, but he still had the best goals against average and save percentage. He may be the best goaltending prospect to emerge from juniors. And while we admit drafting a goalie this early is a huge gamble because no one can know how they will develop, he seems to be as close to a sure thing as there is.
3 Vaclav Prospal Peterborough Petes Forward Central Scouting has always put a premium on recent performance and, because of that, we can't in good conscience put Kariya ahead of Prospal as the top forward. Prospal looks like a slick playmaker and was one of just two players with 50+ assists. He also has a good shot that resulted in 30+ goal that led him to leading the league in scoring by 6 points. He is a great skater and isn't afraid of battling in the corners. He may not be as electrifying as Kariya, but he out-scored him by 16 points and that is just too much of a gap to ignore.
4 Paul Kariya Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Forward The most skilled player in the draft, Kariya had a bit of an off year, though still managed 67 points in 57 games. His shot is sneaky good and he likes to unleash it often as one of only 4 forwards with 100+ shots. His puck distribution skills are top notch, but he needs finishers to play with. If the team picking #2 doesn't need a goalie, Kariya has a good chance of going there, particularly if the team needs a finisher.  If they need a play maker, Prospal may be a better pick, but really no team can go wrong taking this kid.
5 Saku Koivu Kamloops Blazers Forward Koivu is yet another small forward with tonnes of skill. He plays a very similar game to Prospal but maybe with more of a chip on his shoulder.  Koivu is also a pure play maker. He led all players with 53 assists. He doesn't have much a shot and that will be what prevents him from being a #1 centre if he doesn't work on it a lot. He fired almost 100 shots but had just 24 goals, giving him a shooting percentage of 14.70%, lower than all but one player in the top 20 scoring forward.
6 Bryan McCabe Peterborough Petes Defense We'll get back to smaller forwards with lots of skill in a moment. Interrupting that parade is Bryan McCabe, a 2-time NJFHL All-Star. McCabe is an offensive blue liner who plays a reckless game at both ends of the ice. Of course, it often works out in the offensive end. Defensively, though, it often leads to him sitting the penalty box.  That being said, he is the type of blue liner who brings it all the time and he has tremendous offensive instincts. As he matures and develops his defensive skills, he will be a top pairing blue liner. 
7 Brendan Morrison Kamloops Blazers Forward And back to the small forwards who pass the puck well.  Morrison is cracked from the mold of Kariya, Prospal, and Koivu and will likely be snapped up in the top ten by a team who needs a potential top line, but likely second line, centre, but misses out on the top three. Morrison finished 3rd in assists with 49 and actually proved to be dangerous on the power play, where he scored 13 of his 26 goals. Defensively, though, he is a mess and will need serious attention before he sees NFHL action.
8 David Vyborny Ottawa 67's Forward Vyborny was the only player to hit the 40-goal plateau and that can't be ignored. It was 6 more than the next highest of 34 by Kariya. He had 14 power play goals, so most of his damage was done at even strength. He doesn't have the greatest puck handling skills and plays a perimeter game. But he obviously has some scoring instincts. Scouts and GMs will have to make a decision if that one skill is tranlatable to the NFHL. If so, he could be a nice pick up in the middle of the round.  If not, he could slide down even further.
9 Alexandre Daigle Shawinigan Cataractes Forward There may be no player who brought Central Scouting meetings to arguments faster than Daigle. He plays a seemingly effortless game, and we actually mean effortless.  He doesn't look like he cares too often.  Yet he still managed 48 assists and 68 points in 60 games and finished with a terrific +19 rating. But he doesn't try hard. He doesn't engage much.  He doesn't shoot much. He doesn't seem to work hard. Yet the skill is undeniable. Some of our scouts have him going in the top three based on skill and believing a team can tap into some reservoir of desire. Others have him as a draft bust any higher than the 2nd round. We tend to split the difference, but always lean towards skill.
10 Steve Sullivan Sudbury Wolves Forward We might as well end the top ten with another small forward. Sullivan missed 9 games this season and, if not, could have finished in the top 5 in league scoring. He is one of the fastest skaters and has used that speed to break open defenses. He finished with 29 goals, more than all but 5 players, all of whom played at least 5 more games than him. Very tenacious on the puck, but plays a very clean game. If teams think his injury issues aren't something to worry about, look for Sullivan to go even higher.
Rank Player Team Position
11 Jorgen Jonsson Edmonton Oil Kings Forward
12 Alain Nasreddine Medicine Hat Tigers Defense
13 Jeff Toms Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Forward
14 Fredrik Modin Hull Olympics Forward
15 Todd Bertuzzi Sudbury Wolves Forward
16 Pavol Demitra Saskatoon Blades Forward
17 Kevin Weekes Peterborough Petes Goalie
18 Jocelyn Thibault Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Goalie
19 Aaron Gavey Ottawa 67's Forward
20 Viktor Kozlov Edmonton Oil Kings Forward
21 Barrie Moore Saskatoon Blades Forward
22 Kimmo Timonen Edmonton Oil Kings Defense
23 Denis Pederson Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Forward
24 Shawn Bates Shawinigan Cataractes Forward
25 Jamal Mayes Medicine Hat Tigers Forward
26 Todd Harvey Hull Olympics Forward
27 Jamie Rivers Kamloops Blazers Defense
28 Patrick Lalime Saskatoon Blades Goalie
29 Jason Allison Ottawa 67's Forward
30 Zdenek Nedved London Knights Forward
31 Jason Arnott London Knights Forward
32 Jesper Mattsson Saskatoon Blades Forward
33 Kenny Jonsson Chicoutimi Saguineens Defense
34 Marty Turco Kamloops Blazers Goalie
35 Steven Halko Edmonton Oil Kings Defense
36 Adam Deadmarsh Shawinigan Cataractes Forward
37 Chris Gratton Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Forward
38 Evgeni Nabokov Chicoutimi Saguineens Goalie
39 Per Svartvadet Medicine Hat Tigers Forward
40 Antti Aalto Peterborough Petes Forward
41 John Grahame Edmonton Oil Kings Goalie
42 Anders Eriksson Medicine Hat Tigers Defense
43 Nick Stajduhar Saskatoon Blades Defense
44 German Titov Saskatoon Blades Forward
45 Paul Healey Medicine Hat Tigers Forward
46 Miroslav Satan Kamloops Blazers Forward
47 Yannick Tremblay Chicoutimi Saguineens Defense
48 Domenic Pittis Chicoutimi Saguineens Forward
49 Steve Washburn Edmonton Oil Kings Forward
50 Landon Wilson Ottawa 67's Forward
51 Michal Grosek Sudbury Wolves Forward
52 Eric Daze Chicoutimi Saguineens Forward
53 Bill Muckalt Edmonton Oil Kings Forward
54 Mats Lindgren London Knights Forward
55 Darcy Tucker Hull Olympics Forward
56 John Jakopin Sudbury Wolves Defense
57 Shean Donovan Peterborough Petes Forward
58 Marek Malik Peterborough Petes Defense
59 Mike Grier Saskatoon Blades Forward
60 Marty Murray Shawinigan Cataractes Forward
61 Rob Niedermayer Medicine Hat Tigers Forward
62 Jamie Langenbrunner Hull Olympics Forward
63 Mike Wilson Kamloops Blazers Defense
64 Sami Salo Medicine Hat Tigers Defense
65 Alexei Krivchenkov Hull Olympics Defense
66 Sebastien Bordeleau Ottawa 67's Forward
67 Andrei Nazarov Peterborough Petes Forward
68 Chris Herperger Sudbury Wolves Forward
69 Hal Gill London Knights Defense
70 Brendan Witt Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Defense
71 Rory Fitzpatrick Edmonton Oil Kings Defense
72 Brandon Convery Medicine Hat Tigers Forward