My copy of NHL 06 arrived arrived today, and I was seriously going to take a stab at table-mapping all of the fake player names to the real ones. But after going through some of the rosters on 06's version of NHL 94, they don't quite line up to the original versions.
For example, The Leafs have an extra goalie in 06's (three netminders as compared to 94's two), and there is someone with a 73 rating in 06's version that isn't found on the Leafs original '94 roster.
When going the other way, I checked out The LA Kings. Luc Robitaille's 85 rating in '94 is nowhere to be found on The Kings roster in the '06 version. That makes me wonder which "fake player" he is, if he's ever there at all.
Of course there are some obvious ones that are based off real players, but it looks like the rosters vary from the original versions. Disappointing since I was really looking forward to matching everyone up to their real-life counterparts.
Edit: I downloaded the rom today, just to compare. It looks like the manual isn't accurate to the actual in-game roster.