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October 21, 2008

October 21, 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.

IN THIS ISSUE

FAN SHOOTOUT

MATTEO PASCULLI FROM MAPLE, ONT., ASKS How does it feel to be a No. 1 overall draft pick after Crosby and Ovechkin? I’m fine with it. I’d have a problem if I was a forward, but my expectations are completely different with my team. They’re expected to light it up every night. As a defenseman, scoring 20 goals would be great. NICK GROENEWEGEN FROM WOODSTOCK, ONT., ASKS Who is the hardest forward to contain that you play against? Everyone’s good in this league, but Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are tough because they change speeds so well and have such good vision on the ice. But there isn’t an easy night anywhere. RYAN THIESSEN FROM KENNE-WICK, WSH., ASKS I’m volunteering to coach underprivileged kids this year. What are some good drills to teach a…

IN THIS ISSUE

THE BOUDREAU CONSPIRACY

PRE-BRUCE POST-BRUCE RECORD 6-14-1 RECORD 37-17-7 WIN PCT. .310 WIN PCT. .664 GOALS/GAME 2.23 GOALS/GAME 3.13 GOALS AGAINST/GAME 3.05 GOALS AGAINST/GAME 2.67 POWER PLAY 14.6% POWER PLAY 20.4% PENALTY KILL 78.2% PENALTY KILL 81.5% SHOTS/GAME 29.1 SHOTS/GAME 31.6 SHOTS AGAINST/GAME 29.0 SHOTS AGAINST/GAME 27.0…

THE STANDARDS

PLUS/MINUS

CAPTAIN LOUIE Canucks break with tradition and name goalie Roberto Luongo as team captain. BLUELINE UPGRADE Acquiring Mathieu Schneider from Ducks will help thin defense corps in Atlanta. BC THE BEST On the heels of a national title last year, Boston College tops our 2008-09 NCAA rankings. OUCH Missing injured Sergei Gonchar for most of the season will definitely hamper Pittsburgh’s power play. CZECHED OUT Rangers in Prague lacks some zest without Czech stars Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka in the fold. PICK YOUR SPOTS RaffiTorres injures shoulder in pre-season fight and will miss the first chunk of the season.…

PROSPECTS UNLIMITED

NEW KNIGHT THE TOTAL PACKAGE

SAM KADRI WANTED TO embrace his adopted country after immigrating to Canada from Lebanon as a young man. And what better way to be immerse yourself in Canadiana than become a hockey fan? So it was only natural that when he started his own family, his son would become a fan as well. Sitting in the seats at the old London Ice House, watching the hometown Knights, young Nazem Kadri decided he wanted to be just like Rick Nash. Kadri now has that opportunity, going to the Knights in June after two seasons with the Kitchener Rangers, as the final piece of the Steve Mason trade last January. Kadri will also be one of the stars of the 2009 NHL entry draft. “It might be a bit of stretch, but by the end…