This Week in THN: Nov. 23

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In the Nov. 23 issue of The Hockey News:

We’re giving special attention to those NHL players who are making an instant-impact in the NHL with our 2009-10 Rookie Report. We have the breakdown on how rookies are performing on all 30 NHL teams.

In our cover story, Ken Campbell sets his sights on the state of New York. Rookies John Tavares, Tyler Myers and Michael Del Zotto are making it easy to be a fan in all three of the Empire State’s NHL cities. 

In Overtime, Eric Duhatschek shows that this might finally be the year that the Red Wings need to rely on first and second-year NHLers to stay in the hunt in the West.

Adam Proteau looks at how Patrick Marleau has taken being stripped of the Sharks’ captaincy in stride in Proteau Type.

Ken Campbell’s In The Slot takes aim at how the huge paydays for young players might cause trouble later when the league and Players’ Association opens up the negotiations for the next CBA.

We go Inside the NHL with Erik Johnson’s comeback after a freak injury cost him his ’08-09 season and count down the highest scoring rookie seasons off all-time. Stanley Cup Champion Marc-Andre Fleury is in our Olympic Tracker speaking about the starting job for Team Canada at the Olympics, while the Avs’ Ryan O’Reilly talks about his first NHL contest in Fresh Legs. Plus/Minus has the best and worst in the hockey world and, finally, you’ll meet one fan who took the cost of being a Leafs fan in the teeth…literally.

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Prospects Unlimited highlights what players are turning heads in the AHL, major junior and in the U.S. college system.

Jason Kay makes the argument that the Calder might be the hardest trophy to win in all of sports.

And there’s just enough time for Charlie Teljeur’s hockeysockpuppettheatre and Ryan Kennedy’s Jersey Hound in Last Minute of Play.

Part 2 of THN’s 2009 Holiday Gift Guide is the lowdown on which jerseys, Olympic gear, Winter Classic merchandise and new DVD releases will be on your shopping list.

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