Looking Back Part Three: The 1993 NHL Entry Draft

Derek HarmsworthSenior Writer IMay 29, 2008

1993 NHL Draft In Review

12th Overall--Kenny Jonsson
19th Overall--Landon Wilson
123rd Overall--Zdenek Nedved
149th Overall--Paul Vincent
175th Overall--Jeff Andrews
201st Overall-David Brumby
253rd Overall--Kyle Ferguson
279th Overall--Mikhail Lapin

The Toronto Maple Leafs traded Grant Fuhr to the Buffalo Sabres, to obtain Dave Andreychuk as well as the 12th overall pick. With the selection, the Leafs chose Kenny Jonsson. Jonsson was a puck moving defenseman from Sweden who had a decent career in Toronto. He spent just three seasons in Toronto (one in the minors, two in the pros) before being shipped to the New York Islanders, in a trade that brought them Wendel Clark, as well as Mathieu Schneider.

 The Leafs got a decent return on their end but although they are both retired, they would have likely gotten better production by choosing Adam Deadmarsh, or Jason Allison.

With their second choice in the opening round, the Leafs chose Landon Wilson of the USHL. Although he played 348 career NHL games, none of them were with the Leafs. What hurts more than that is that that the Leafs chose him two picks before the Canadiens took their current captain Saku Koivu. Todd Bertuzzi was also chosen two slots after Koivu.

The Leafs next selection came in the 5th round, where they took Zdenek Nedved (123rd overall). Nedved was a high scoring centre with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL who in 1993-94 tallied 100 points. In 1994-95, he followed it up by notching 98 total points. Certainly, the Leafs meant well and can't be faulted for this choice. 

It truly looked like they may have stolen a superstar there. He spent seven unsuccessful years in the organization, before heading over to play in Europe. In choosing Nedved, the Leafs passed up on gritty Scott Walker, who Vancouver plucked with the next pick.

With the 149th overall selection, the Leafs grabbed Paul Vincent. The following year he put up a respectable 98 points. However, once he came to Toronto and it's development system, he never followed through. Vincent was in the system for five years, bouncing around farm teams, never making his way to the big club.

This is another example where Toronto couldn't have gotten a much better pick, other than two picks later, when the Montreal Canadiens drafted, oddly enough, Darcy Tucker.

175th overall, the Toronto Maple Leafs chose Jeff Andrews, missing out by one choice on Andrew Brunette, who is still a regular contributor today, with the Colorado Avalanche. Despite being drafted by the Leafs, Andrews never played a single game for their organization. It wasn't a particularly strong part of the draft obviously, being in the later rounds. The ten picks chosen after Andrews only have a combined 94 games played.

David Brumby was the next choice, 201st overall. Brumby was a goaltender with the Tri-City Americans when he was drafted. He didn't have spectacular numbers and clearly, he was seen as more of a project pick than anything else. The only notable player chosen around Brumby was former Maple Leafs defenseman Hal Gill.

Kyle Ferguson was chosen 253rd overall by Toronto, their second to last selection of the year. Ferguson, a winger from Michigan Tech, was chosen three spots after offensive defenseman Kimmo Timonen. Like many of Toronto's picks in this draft, Ferguson never made it to the NHL, kicking around the minors for a few years before calling it a career.

Mikhail Lapin from Western Michigan of the NCAA was the Maple Leafs final choice of the 1993 NHL entry draft, chosen 279th overall. Lapin did not pursue his career any farther than his College days.

It was a draft full of gaffes for Maple Leafs brass in this year, but it's hard to blame them for some of the moves. Jonnson seemed like a smooth skating defenseman who could contribute, and he did, before being traded. By obtaining his eventual pick brought along a star in Andreychuk who put up great numbers in his short stint with the team.

Trading him away brought back Wendel Clark, as well as Mathieu Schneider, who never quite got it going until he left. It's also hard to deduct marks for the Nedved pick. He was a junior sniper, who looked like someone who could really develop into a nice forward for Toronto, before he fizzled out