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November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013

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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STRONG ‘O’ FROM BIG ‘D’

STARS COACH LINDY RUFF WAS FLING ing pucks at the net during tip drills in training camp and came away amazed by one of his players. Rookie Alex Chiasson, 22, redirected just about every puck in, so Ruff decided to start shooting wider and wider, “When I was shooting some wide, it was incredible how he was able to redirect the wide ones back into the net,” Ruff said. “The key thing is, there’s no fear when the shot is coming. There are special guys around the front of the net and he could be one of them.’’ Chiasson is an interesting study in opportunity. He was brought up as a solid two-way player and was used more on the penalty kill than the power play. He had 17 goals in 56…

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THN INBOX

There isn’t a player who takes as much undeserved criticism as P.K. Subban. He may be overzealous at times, but there are few as talented as him. He leads D-men in points, is top five in goals and shots and is top 20 in plusminus and ice time. He’s one of the most feared hitters, runs a top-notch power play and has an incredible level of speed and finesse (especially off the rush). Maybe if more teams focused on shutting him down as opposed to shutting him up, he wouldn’t be the most dominant offensive defenseman in the game. Zachary Hampton Lethbridge, Alta. NO FUN IN THE SUN Tim Thomas’s return to the NHL is a “Plus” (Inside Hockey, Oct. 14)? This is the guy who refused to go with his team to…

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CROSSWORD

ANSWERS AVAILABLE IN THE NEXT ISSUE AND AT THN.COM/XWORD ACROSS 1 THN’s managing editor (or, a well-coiffed former ref) 4 He was NHL MVP three times in the 1970s 9 Where Sheldon Souray plays 10 To ___ ___ the score is unsportsmanlike 11 Goalies wear ___ protectors 12 Holes into which skate laces are inserted 13 Jason Pominville’s team 15 Netminder Tuukka ___ 18 Smythe Trophy winner in 2000 21 Jiri ___ was a Canuck for five seasons 23 Sending the puck the length of the rink 24 Toronto’s AHL team 25 Leaf legend ‘___’ Kennedy 26 ___ Oduya, pictured, is with Chicago DOWN 1 Cristobal Huet’s homeland 2 There was once a ‘Goal-___-___’ (or ‘GAG’) line 3 Tossed out 5 ‘Gump’ Worsley’s real first name 6 Alain Vigneault now coaches this team 7 Leave available in the draft 8 Ed Van ___ was a teammate of 4 Across 14 What players crave (no…

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NO MIDDLING NHL PROSPECT

JACOB MIDDLETON’S SELF-IM posed motto is about as rock-solid as it gets for an aspiring shutdown defenseman. When talking about his role in the Ontario League, the Ottawa 67’s blueliner commonly refers to this phrase: “No Offense In My Zone.” That’s what scouts like to hear from a 2014 NHL draft prospect with first-round potential and a tough and nasty on-ice demeanor to back it up. “I like to try and keep tabs on anything from the goal line to the top of circle,” Middleton said. “I want to prevent any opportunity or chance that might come from there. That’s the way I see my role.” Slated to play top-four minutes this season on a rather young and rebuilding 67’s club, Middleton will have plenty of time to show his worth to…