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Ranking the #1 and #2 Overall NHL Draft Picks of the 1990s

Besides the injection of talent that the NHL Draft gives the league every season, it also gives hockey fans years of topics to debate. While the frenzy to figure out who "won" each draft moments after its conclusion is rash and completely unwarranted, looking back years down the line can be a legitimate debate. The issue of enough evaluation time is of no concern on this list because all of these skaters were selected 17 to 27 years ago.

There are busts, near misses and strange coincidences of players taken with the top two picks of the NHL entry draft during the 1990s. Some became teammates, some became rivals and others have been forgotten by hockey fans almost entirely. But, whether they were an eventual Hart trophy winner or a dope that never loved hockey, all of them get compared against each other here.

This list is a ranking of each of those 20 players' contributions to hockey and where they rank against one another. Their statistics were compared relative to their positions and length of time on the ice. Like usual when comparing modern day athletes and their accomplishments, winning the Stanley Cup and performing at a high level in the playoffs and delivering memorable clutch performances go a long way to slide a player up, or down, this list.

So, if you feel like watching "Friends" or listening to Grunge music after reading this list, forgive us, we only wanted to take you back to the 1990s, for a moment.

20 Andrei Zyuzin - Sharks - #2 in 1996

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19 Alexandre Daigle - Senators - #1 in 1993

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18 Pat Falloon - Sharks - #2 in 1991

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17 Patrik Stefan - Thrashers - #1 in 1999

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16 Roman Hamrlik - Lightning - #1 in 1992

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15 Wade Redden - Islanders - #2 in 1995

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14 Chris Phillips - Senators - #1 in 1996

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13 Bryan Berard - Senators - #1 in 1995

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12 David Legwand - Predators - #2 in 1998 

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11 Oleg Tverdovsky - Mighty Ducks - #2 1994

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10 Petr Nedved - Canucks - #2 in 1990

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9 Alexei Yashin - Senators - #2 in 1992

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8 Ed Jovanovski - Panthers - #1 in 1994 

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7 Owen Nolan - Nordiques - #1 in 1990

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6 Vincent Lecavalier - Lightning - #1 in 1998 

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5 Daniel Sedin - Canucks - #2 in 1999

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4 Patrick Marleau - Sharks - #2 in 1997

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3 Eric Lindros - Nordiques - #1 in 1991

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2 Joe Thornton - Bruins - #1 in 1997

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1 Chris Pronger - Whalers - #2 in 1993

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There will be a few players that will cringe to see Chris Pronger as the top player on this list because of how dirty he was considered on the ice. However, no matter what your feelings are about the massive Canadian defenseman, he had the best career of any skater under consideration. Pronger went to the Finals three times and hoisted the Stanley Cup with the 2007 Anaheim Ducks. He was a five-time All Star and won the Hart Trophy after the 1999-2000 season. He is still under contract with the Phoenix Coyotes, but hasn't played since 2011 because of post concussion symptoms.

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