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06-01-2004, 03:21 PM
Blue Jacket's Curse
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Ovechkin and Olesz, I think, almost certainly will be in the league. Probably one or two other guys make it, but they'll be surprises.

Malkin has the talent to play, no doubt, but can the Pens get him out of Russia? Look at the problems Chistov, Svitov and Zherdev had. Ovechkin, they've expected to leave for some time, and the family and agent have prepared for it. Malkin, on the other hand, could have it tough. I hope he doesn't, but it feels like he is going to be the first post-Zherdev post-IIHF test case. Good luck with that.

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