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Players to watch, for better or worse

Updated: October 3, 2005, 3:01 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

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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