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November 5, 1993

November 5, 1993

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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Rugged Tkachuk striving for second-year success

For those worried about the sophomore jinx hitting the Winnipeg Jets, you can strike at least one name off the list. The start by left winger Keith Tkachuk indicates there will be only one question about the 21-year-old’s second full NHL season: How much better will it be than his first? The former U.S. Olympian and the Jets’ youngest player posted 28 goals and 51 points as a full-time rookie in 1992-93. His robust style and his vast improvement in conditioning have already spoken volumes this year. Tkachuk returned to a line with Alexei Zhamnov and Calder Trophy winner Teemu Selanne Oct. 23 against the Philadelphia Flyers and lit up the Flyers for his first NHL hat trick in a 9-6 victory. The line accounted for 14 points and Tkachuk looked anything but out…

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Do not adjust your sets: draft now over two days

The one-day marathon known as the NHL draft has been broken up for the benefit of television. This year’s draft, to be convened at die Hartford Civic Center, will be stretched over two days-Tuesday, June 28 and Wednesday, June 29. The first two rounds go on Day 1, with the concluding rounds going the next day. The event was originally set for the previous weekend, but the staging of the Greater Hartford Open golf tournament meant the league couldn’t book enough hotel space. The draft requires at least 1,400 available rooms for team officials, management, media and potential draftees. While no announcement has been made, the league expects the event will be broadcast on ESPN or the network’s alternate station, ESPN2 in the United States. ESPN2 reaches 11 million homes as opposed to…

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Small package Dube putting up big numbers

At just 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, Laval Titan center Yanick Dube has been striking fear in opposing goalies this season. The 19-year-old center had 25 goals and 47 points in 17 games this season. That’s 13 points more than the next highest scorer in the Quebec League-right winger Samuel Groleau of the St-Jean Lynx (5-29-34). Projected over 70 regular-season games, Dube would finish with 103 goals and 194 points, the highest league totals since Mario Lemieux scored 133 goals in 1983-84 and Patrice Lefebvre had 200 points in 1987-88. What Dube lacks in size, he makes up for in speed. “His game is speed,” said Laval coach Michel Therrien. “He’s just so fast.” Dube doesn’t only use that speed for offense. His plus-35 rating last season attests to that. “He’s a two-way player,” Therrien said. “Sometimes…

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Punchless power play shoots nothing but blanks

The Florida Panthers’ power-play unit needs a new name-and an overhaul. That’s because through nine games, Florida’s power play was anything but powerful. The Panthers scored only six times in 50 chances for a conversion rate of 12 per cent. That was better than only the San Jose Sharks. And for a team that was playing a lot of close games and relying heavily on its special teams, the lack of production from the power play was frustrating. It was also the biggest disappointment in what was an otherwise successful start for the expansion team. “I don’t know what the problem is. If I had the answer…,” said right winger Scott Mellanby, not bothering to complete the sentence. Florida allowed two shorthanded goals that proved to be the difference in 2-1 losses-to the Pittsburgh Penguins…