The NHL draft has long been the lifeblood of the strongest teams in the league.
Smart general managers can occasionally hit it big with a free-agent signing or find a key player or two in the trade market, but teams that want to contend on a consistent basis must have sharp scouts who find talent, and executives who draft well.
Many of the best players drafted in the 1990s enjoyed long careers and are now comfortably in retirement. However, there are still some bright lights who were selected early in the decade who are still playing and contributing.
We power rank the draft classes from the decade of the 1990s in this feature.
(Thanks to HockeyDB for all draft details and data.)