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June 10, 2008

June 10, 2008

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.

THE STANDARDS

EDMONTON

DRAFT OUTLOOK Most of the drama surrounding Edmonton’s first round pick had very little to do with the actual draft. The Ducks own Edmonton’s first-rounder from the Dustin Penner offer sheet while the Oilers own Anaheim’s first-rounder from the Chris Pronger trade. With GMs Brian Burke and Kevin Lowe sniping back and forth all season, “Pick Watch” became a sport in itself. In the end, Edmonton picks 22nd overall and Anaheim picks 12th. The second- and third-rounders also go to Anaheim because of the Penner signing, so the Oilers know this will not be a terribly productive draft. But after three picks in the top 21 in 2007 and icing one of the youngest teams in the NHL last season, it doesn’t need to be.…

THE STANDARDS

CAROLINA

DRAFT OUTLOOK The Hurricanes pick 14th overall in the first round and traded away two other picks – their third- and fifth-rounders – in previous deals, leaving them with only five selections. While the Canes have a desperate need for more defensive prospects in their system, GM Jim Rutherford said the team is unlikely to trade up to get one of the blueliners likely to occupy five of the top six picks. “Drafting defensemen in the first round and having to wait for them to develop for three, four years… and then you only have them for a couple more years before they go into free agency, I’m not sure that’s the way I want to go,” he said. Tony MacDonald is calling the shots this year with longtime draft general Sheldon Ferguson…

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PUCK PLAYS IN MIDDLE EAST

AS SPRING TURNS TO SUMMER, there’s not a lot for hockey lovers to get excited about. But fear not fans, there’s one more tournament watch out for: the Arab Cup of Ice Hockey. Yes, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. The inaugural tournament takes place June 16-20 in the United Arab Emirates city of Abu Dhabi with four neophyte national teams participating: from the Middle East, Kuwait and the UAE and, from North Africa, Morocco and Algeria. Karim Kerbouche is the GM and acting president of the Algerian national team. Contacted by email, Kerbouche told The Hockey News the idea for an Arab ice hockey tournament began after he approached the UAE for assistance getting Algerian hockey off the ground. “Kuwait had an established team, so they were included,” Kerbouche wrote. “Morocco was new…

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THE ONE YOU SHOULD KNOW PART TWO

HIS COMMENTS ARE often undecipherable, but his sense of humor is unmistakable. Pavel Datsyuk has a passion for fishing. His father began taking him when he was five, before he could bait his own hook. It has been one of his most enjoyable activities ever since. “I go to feed fish,’’ said the 29-year-old native of Sverdlovsk, Russia. “If I catch anything, it’s bonus.’’ The Detroit Red Wings are fortunate they’re not talking about the one that got away. They’ve had some difficult contract negotiations with Datsyuk’s agent, Gary Greenstin, in the past. They thought they had lost the dazzling center to a Russian team prior to the 2005-06 season, but worked hard to keep Datsyuk in the fold. In April of 2007, they locked him up to the longest, most lucrative contract…