Young Bloods: Top 10 Stories and Players of the Shortened 2013 NHL Season

Top 10 Stories of the 2013 NHL Season - WhiteCoverMag.com

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by Puck

Hockey Correspondent, White Cover Magazine

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Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Through two games, the presumed best players in the world has one assist and is ninth on the Penguins in scoring. Boy, what a disappointment

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Sidney Crosby warms up during happier times, the 2010 Eastern Conference Semi-Final, at Pittsburgh’s ‘The Igloo’. (Photo: Michael Miller at Wikimedia Commons)

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Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres

After four days, Buffalo’s Vanek leads the NHL with six points through two games. He’s also brought linemates Cody Hodgson and Jason Pominville into the mix.

I guess this legitimizes my Fantasy Team name from four years ago, “Vanek At The Disco”.

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Thomas Vanek leads the NHL with six points through two games in 2013, and the Sabres look as hot as any team out of the gate. (Photo: Kristin Williams at Wikimedia Commons)

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Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues

There’s no rookie as electrifying as the Blues’ Tarasenko. He’s huge and his hands are silk, and he’s tied for the rookie leads in points (five) through three games.

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Vladimir Tarasenko is a leading candidate for the 2013 Calder Trophy. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

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Cory Conacher, Tampa Bay Lightning

Yup. Tarasenko’s getting all the love, but it’s a short little spark plug names Cory Conacher who’s also tied for the rookie lead with two goals and five points through three games.

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Yup. This AHL star is now leading all rookies with three goals and give points through three games. (Photo: Leteartean at Wikimedia Commons)

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Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

It’s not like Kane is new to the spotlight, but he had a very busy, very talked-about, and very loooooooonnnnnnggggggggg offseason. Kane only ended it by scoring the first goal of the 2013 NHL season, and him and Patrick Sharp have the Chicago Blackhawks rockin’ and rollin’ through the first five per cent of this young year.

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This Blackhawks trio is more Stanley Cup Redux than Bermuda Triangle in 2013. (Photo: Matt Boulton at Wikimedia Commons)

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Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning

Oh yeah, Martin St. Louis is still a thing. St. Louis and his friend Steven Stamkos are tied with the aforementioned Cory Conacher with five points apiece, while former Rocket Richard winner Vincent Lecavalier is one back with three goals and an assist.

The Lightning once again look like the Lightning, and it’s not all bad.

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Martin St. Louis looks like a Hart Trophy winner once again. (Photo: Michael Miller at Wikimedia Commons)

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Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks

Two old Finns are leading the way for the surprisingly sturdy Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Koivu has five points through two games, while Selanne notched two goals and two assists in Game 1 against the Vancouver Canucks.

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Saku Koivu and his Finnish teammate Teemu Selanne are leading the Anaheim Ducks through 2013. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

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Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues

Vladdy Tarasenko isn’t the only one torching Missouri. It’s actually Kevin Shattenkirk who’s tied for the Blues lead with five points (all of them assists). His total also leads all NHL defencemen.

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Kevin Shattenkirk leads all NHL defencemen with five points (all of them assists) through three games. (Photo: Matt Boulton at Wikimedia Commons)

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Jaromir Jagr, Dallas Stars

Selanne’s not the only old ba*tard outplaying his retirement in the American Southwest. Jagr may have joined the Dallas Stars because he needed the money, but the greatest European player of all-time has two goals and two assists through three games with the scorching Lonestars, although all of them came in his first game (like Selanne).

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Jaromir Jagr was at his near-Hart best with the New York Rangers, but he’s now a worthy investment for the Dallas Stars. (Photo: Michael Miller at Wikimedia Commons)