Players to watch, for better or worse
Players who will make a difference
Adam Foote -- Columbus Blue Jackets The veteran defenseman won't show up on the nightly score sheet, but his warrior-like approach to the game brings instant credibility to a Columbus team short on results and long on excuses. The team's first playoff spot is now a possibility, not a pipe dream.
Kari Lehtonen -- Atlanta Thrashers
Considered one of the top goaltending prospects of this generation, Lehtonen is a definite rookie of the year candidate ...
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