The Colorado Avalanche are slated to select first overall in the 2013 NHL draft on Sunday, presenting the team with an opportunity to alter its course. During the past two decades, we've witnessed franchise fortunes change forever as a result of what happens at that hallowed No. 1 spot.
Some players pay immediate dividends, charging out of the gates with strong rookie seasons that ultimately lead to lengthy successful careers. Other highly touted prospects never quite find their footing in the NHL and debilitate an organization for years.
We examined every No. 1 draft pick since 1993 before ranking them. Individual achievements, historic accomplishments and the player's overall impact on his team were chief factors considered when sorting out the final order.