D Wade Redden
The No. 2 pick in the '95 draft, he was on the cusp of stardom two seasons ago, at 22, but took a small step backward last year, playing brilliantly but inconsistently. His skills, smarts and ability to read a play still could make him a franchise defenseman.
D Ed Jovanovski
The first selection in the '94 draft, he used to be called Special Ed because he just didn't get it. Last year the big-hitting Jovanovski, 25, finally got it, playing at last with a measure of discipline and having his long-awaited breakthrough season.
THE VERDICT: While Redden might be more complete, we'll take Jovanovski, whose physical Jovo-Cop style makes him more of an impact player.—M.F.