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09-25-2003, 11:47 AM
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In 2-3 years (assuming the NHL looked the same personnel-wise), the best all-around young players will be Gaborik, Heatley, Havlat and Spezza... in that order. Thornton has too many years of experience over these guys to be grouped with them....

That said, I see several veteran players being as good or better than these "young guns" at that time; one of them is Thornton. The others include Foresberg, Sakic, Hejduk, Naslund, Hossa, and Mike Modano.

Pittsburgh's #1 pick next year might also be in that top list.

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