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November 5, 2012

November 5, 2012

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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Silver Lining

A shortened NHL season helps the aging veterans who lose steam after 60 or 70 games. If Anaheim Ducks legend Teemu Selanne or Dallas Stars superstar Jaromir Jagr can play 60 games instead of 82, their production is certainly better off. Injury-prone players such as Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall also stand to benefit from fewer games to risk getting hurt. Phoenix newcomer Steve Sullivan fits into both categories, making him a perfect candidate to surprise. The third type of beneficiary isn’t as obvious as the above two: rookies and sophomores who may have been rushed to the NHL a tad too soon. If you remember the 2004-05 lockout, youngsters such as Eric Staal, Jason Spezza and Mike Cammalleri went back to the American League for a year after they had already become…

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Young Ken Asks, Old Ken Answers

When you get to the age where birthday parties are eight-alarm fires just waiting to happen, a guy can sometimes pine for the good old days. Those were the times when we’d spend a good part of our days on the phone tracking down the latest stats for a hotshot prospect from Voskresensk rather than looking them up online in 30 seconds. Hey, wait a minute. Maybe those days weren’t so great after all. But they were, oh, so innocent. Think about how little we knew a decade ago compared to the knowledge we’re armed with now. In fact, I was lucky enough recently to come across a sealed letter of questions I posed to myself 10 years ago. No sense in procrastinating any longer, let’s get to answering them. Young Ken:…

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No Regress In Ness

Usually players pile up points in college and ratchet down expectations once they hit pro. Not so for Bridgeport’s Aaron Ness, whose American League numbers are on par with those he put up at the University of Minnesota. The blueliner tallied five goals and 27 points in 69 games during his first full campaign with the Sound Tigers last year, on pace with his goals- and points-per-game with the Gophers in roughly half the contests. “It’s more of a skilled game in the AHL,” Ness said. “College can be more dump-and-chase, guys flying around, playing out of position.” The Minnesota native made his NHL debut last season with the Islanders, playing nine games – including a tilt in Winnipeg that allowed friends and family to drive up from his hometown of Roseau…

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The Instigator