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The Hockey News November 20, 2017

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. THN is published 18 times a year, including 14 regular issues and four special issues – such as Future Watch, Draft Preview, Yearbook, the #1 selling hockey annual in North America.

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open for business

HEY EVERYONE. IT’S ME, Jonathan Toews. Many of you know me by my nickname, ‘Captain Serious.’ And you know what? It’s definitely accurate. I’m not necessarily trying to get rid of it. A lot of people ask me about that. My response now is that I’ve just embraced it. But I’ve also embraced the other parts of myself that I’ve been able to show a little bit. I’ve started to reveal some of my interests. That’s where this project fits in. Being guest editor of The Hockey News was a different thing to try out. I still like to pick my spots for what I give my time to, especially during the season when it’s hard to fit things like this in, but there’s a fun opportunity here to try and…

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your say

Poehling in the wrong direction It seemed as much as an indictment of Trevor Timmins as it was an anti-Hab slight by THN writers that not one Montreal Canadiens player was listed on your Top 100 21 and Under list in Prospects Unlimited. But Timmins’ broken-watch drafting is right sometimes, because St. Cloud State’s Ryan Poehling, the Habs’ 2017 first-rounder, definitely deserves to be on this list. Montreal’s bad drafting is coming home to roost this year, but Poehling does not deserve to be categorized as one of those rotten eggs. JIM LAGACE, ORILLIA, ONT. Top 50 is tops Thank you for your impressive issue, Top 50 Players by Franchise. I enjoyed seeing all the wonderful names and reminiscing. I especially like that you realized the importance of the great defensive defensemen like Rod…

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No question it is the Vegas Golden Knights. What was supposed to be a basement-dwelling team that lacked depth has put forward a record-setting start to the season with unproven players stepping up and contributing like no expansion franchise has ever seen before. – Ross Brodsky The play of the New Jersey Devils. For years they have been slow, offensively impotent and consistently performing poorly. Even Cory Schneider struggled mightily last season. Enter this season, where the Devils have surged out of the gate…and while a resurgence from Schneider has helped, the team’s offense has been the real shock. The team is scoring top to bottom and while the influence of Nico Hischier and Will Butcher was expected to help, Jesper Bratt has been a highly unexpected and equally pleasant surprise. These…

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front men will sing backup

IT WAS PRETTY SHOCKING when lifelong San Jose left winger Patrick Marleau left the Sharks for Toronto this past summer, but that might’ve been just the first domino. While John Tavares – the biggest and best potential UFA – will make headlines with the Islanders until a new pact is signed, a host of older veterans who have been through the wars are also up for free agency in the summer of 2018. There’s a very good chance some new jerseys are going to be stitched. Joe Thornton, who nearly left San Jose at the same time as good buddy Marleau, will again need a new contract, and the Sharks will have to determine if ‘Jumbo,’ 38, is still worth the $8 million he commanded this season. Perhaps the money demand…

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my weapon

I USE THE CCM Ribcor, the new edition. I have what a lot of people call ‘The Kane Curve.’ I haven’t switched since peewee. It used to be called ‘The Lindros Curve,’ when it was with Bauer, but then I switched to CCM and I’ve kept the same curve. I’ve been using it forever, and I just change the flex. These days I’m using a 90 flex. I feel like I can handle the puck well with it, and shooting with it, my shot is really accurate. I tried switching flexes before on the stick, but I just felt like my shooting wasn’t the same, and I felt like it was taking longer to get my shot off. I like the flex I’m using now because it’s a nice quick…

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BRENT SEABROOK He never shuts up. He’s always giving everyone a hard time. We call him ‘Sheriff Seabrook.’ He’s policing the locker room and everywhere the team goes. It’s funny, and he’s humorous about it, but it’s an indirect way to keep everyone accountable. He’s just one of those funny personalities. He’s always going. The second he gets to the rink, he’s loud and stirring things up all the time. DANIEL CARCILLO He’s…I’m trying to think of a word for a curveball or a variable. He’s a wild card. On the ice, he’s got that fire in him. Off the ice, too, he’s always in a good mood. He’s always bringing excitement to the locker room. He’s got that fiery personality. ANDREW BRUNETTE He was the commissioner of our Masters league and fantasy football. Anything…