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Washington Capitals Entry Drafts: 1993

The Capitals again had two first-rounders in 1993, their own and St. Louis's. Both players -- defenseman Brendan Witt and center Jason Allison -- turned out to be solid NHLers, but Allison didn't blossom until after the Caps had traded him to Boston in the deal for Adam Oates. Of the remainder of the Caps' picks, Andrew Brunette has turned out the best thus far. He has scored 191 goals in 788 regular season NHL games.

Jason Allison

Ottawa used the first overall pick on forward Alexandre Daigle, who was largely a bust with the Senators, Flyers, Lightning, Rangers, Penguins and Wild. Hartford struck gold with the second pick, taking defenseman Chris Pronger. Pronger was followed by Chris Gratton (third), Paul Kariya (fourth), Rob Niedermayer (fifth), Viktor Kozlov (sixth), Jason Arnott (seventh) and Nicklas Sundstrom (eighth). Others taken in a talent-rich first round in 1993 were Kenny Jonsson (12th), Adam Deadmarsh (14th), Saku Koivu (21st) and Todd Bertuzzi (23rd). Illustrating how long it can take for an amatuer player to develop into a solid NHL regular, players such as Kozlov, Arnott and Bertuzzi needed several seasons before they were able to start toward fulfilling their potential in the league.

The second round produced Jamie Langenbrunner (35th), Janne Niinimaa (36th) and Bryan McCabe (40th). Later selections included Eric Daze (90th), Miroslav Satan (111th), Tommy Salo (118th), Darcy Tucker (151st), Hal Gill (207th), Mike Grier (219th), Pavol Demitra (227th) and German Titov (252nd).

Hindsight is 20/20: Tucker is the kind of player that you hate to play against but love to have on your team. Taking him instead of Banham would have been a coup.

NO. PLAYER POS. COMMENT

11

Brendan Witt
D
Rugged, sturdy defenseman has played 783 NHL games.

17

Jason Allison
C
Traded to Boston in the 1997 deal for Adam Oates, he starred for a few seasons but was finished at age 31.

69

Patrick Boileau
D
Played 48 NHL games and was active as a pro in Europe as late as 2006-07.

147

Frank Banham
RW
Played 32 NHL games and was still active as a pro in Austria in 2007-08.

173

Daniel Hendrickson
RW
University of Minnesota product played two pro seasons in IHL and ECHL.

174

Andrew Brunette
LW
Has carved out solid NHL career that is still going strong. Will begin his 13th season in the league in '08-09.

199

Joel Poirier
LW
Played four pro seasons in AHL and ECHL then played several seasons in Britain.
225
Jason Gladney
D
Played six pro seasons in four leagues.
251
Marc Seliger
G
Played one pro season in AHL/ECHL before returning to play in his native Germany. Played for Team Germany in 2002 Olympics.
277
Dany Bousquet
C
Played seven pro seasons. Was active in Europe as recently as 2007-08.
 
 

 
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