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December 5, 2016

December 5, 2016

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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PLAYING FAST AND ‘LOOCH’

TO WATCH MILAN Lucic in the Edmonton Oilers dressing room after a loss is a study in contrast. He emerges from the back, only because he’s been summoned, with a scowl on his face that suggests he’d rather be watching a Gilmore Girls marathon with his wife than be doing what he’s doing at that very moment. Then he begins to talk and he’s charming, engaging and articulate, but still there’s a hint of that scowl. Losing is not fun. Milan Lucic is in Edmonton in part to remind everyone of that fact. Talent? There’s an embarrassment of that in the organization, so much so that it could afford to trade two first overall draft picks in exchange for a defensive defenseman, a draft pick and a long-shot prospect. Over the…

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83 RALPH KRUEGER

AGE: 57 LAST YEAR: nr Southampton FC chairman WHEN YOU’RE in the midst of something, it’s easy to lose perspective . Take the World Cup of Hockey. As Team Europe was coming together and taking the tournament by surprise, people began wondering why Ralph Krueger was running an English Premier League soccer team and not standing behind an NHL bench. And here’s where the perspective comes in. Krueger hasn’t coached an NHL game in three years. He was an associate coach for two and a head coach for one, during which time his Edmonton Oiler teams went 76-107-29 and never played a post-season game. For three weeks, he had taken a contradiction of terms, a team of allstars from cast-off countries, and transformed them from a ragtag group of misfits into a team…

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DOLLAR SAVERS

IT SEEMS LIKE just yesterday, or perhaps 14 yesterdays ago, that we ranked the NHL crease tandems from 1 to 30. Alas, it was indeed a fortnight ago, in our Goalie Issue, that Matt Larkin bravely wove the tapestry with a little help from his friends. In the same edition, we also provided the combined cap hit of each team’s netminding duo. Then one of our staff members (let’s call him ‘JK’) hit upon a tremendous idea: what if we combined the two lists a la peanut butter cups to come up with a delicious blocks-for-bucks super index? An idea crazy enough to work? We decided to put it to the test for this edition, the Money and Power Issue. It dovetails nicely with our theme and our NHL bang-for-bucks notes,…

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YOUR SAY

There’s no stink on P.U. When I first noticed Prospects Unlimited in my mailbox, I felt like a kid opening my favorite toy. This issue is truly worthy of MVP (Most Valuable Publication). It’s comprehensive with 50-plus “In The System” players for each team, and the colors to designate prospects is very useful. I also enjoyed your daring Top 100 21-and-under list. GIAN CARLO BASTONE, MONTREAL I just want to thank you for Prospects Unlimited issue. It’s a dream come true for a fan like me who enjoys following the evolution of young players. Such a good deep and overall view of all the prospects, including players eligible for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 drafts. This issue will be near my TV all season long. ALEXANDRE FRANCISCO, MONTREAL The First Word column in Prospects Unlimited…