With Owen Nolan leading the way, NHL teams put the emphasis on offense and Canadian junior players at Saturday's entry draft.
Nolan, a rugged right wing from Cornwall of the Ontario Hockey League who has been described as a Cam Neely clone, was the No. 1 overall pick by Quebec. Following the Nordiques' lead, the next five picks were all forwards - the only exception among the first six players taken was Jaromir Jagr, a left wing from Czechoslovakia who was taken fifth overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins.Petr Nedved, whom scouts labeled the best pure offensive player available, was the No. 2 pick overall by the Vancouver Canucks.
The Detroit Red Wings, picking third, selected Keith Primeau, a powerhouse center from Niagara Falls who led the OHL in scoring.
Mike Ricci, a center from Peterborough of the OHL rated No. 1 by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau, was the fourth pick, by the Philadelphia Flyers. For the sixth pick, the New York Islanders selected Scott Scissons, a center from Saskatoon of the Western Hockey League.
Trevor Kidd, the highest-rated goaltender in the draft, went to Calgary after the Flames made a deal to get New Jersey's pick, No. 11 .
The Flames acquired the Devils' higher selection by giving their first-round pick and two in the second. They also unloaded former Golden Eagle star Joe Mullen, an All-Star in 1988-89, for Pittsburgh's second-round pick.
With that pick, the Flames selected Nicholas Perreault, a defenseman from Tier II hockey, the next step down from the major junior leagues.
Among the remaining first-rounders, Montreal picked right wing Turner Stevenson of Seattle of the WHL; the New York Rangers selected defenseman Michael Stewart from Michigan State; Buffalo named left wing Brad May of Niagara Falls; Hartford picked right wing Mark Greig of Lethbridge of the WHL and Chicago selected defenseman Karl Dykuis of Hull of the QMJHL.
Also, Edmonton picked center Scott Allison of Prince Albert of the WHL; Vancouver, using a pick acquired from Montreal, selected left wing Shawn Antoski of North Bay; Winnipeg got left wing Keith Tkachuk, a high school player from Malden, Mass.; New Jersey took goaltender Martin Brodeur from St-Hyacinthe of the QMJHL, and Boston drafted center Bryan Smolinski from Michigan State.