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Updated: June 25, 2004, 11:42 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

Raleigh, N.C. -- A.J. Thelen is running about 15 minutes late, a fact that doesn't go unnoticed by the San Jose Sharks scouting staff.

If there's one thing you can do in life, director of amateur scouting Tim Burke says, it's be on time.

Still, Burke and the rest of the staff greet the strapping 6-foot-3, 205-pound Michigan State defenseman warmly as he takes a seat in the suite of a downtown hotel.

It is early Friday afternoon. In 24 hours they may be getting ready to make the ...

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