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Tavares tries not to let all the talk affect him heading into '09 draft

Updated: October 23, 2008, 5:04 PM ET
By Gare Joyce | Special to ESPN.com

John Tavares has grown up in hockey's spotlight. On that count, he's hardly unique. He understands what Wayne Gretzky, Eric Lindros and Sidney Crosby went through. Right now, in his fourth season with the Oshawa Generals in the Ontario Hockey League, Tavares is living through the pressures they faced, on and off the ice. Fact is, he has been talked about and scrutinized more than all of them.

Gretzky, Lindros and Crosby didn't have to field calls from reporters asking whether they were ...

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