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The Hockey News - - THE STRAIGHT EDGE -

SVECH­NIKOV: He had great chem­istry with Dmitry Sokolov once the Minnesota Wild prospect came over from Sud­bury, lead­ing to a 23-game point streak to end the reg­u­lar sea­son. Be­fore that, Svech­nikov had Tampa Bay pick Alexei Li­panov as his cen­ter, and the two had pre­vi­ously clicked with Rus­sia’s na­tional team.

ZAD­INA: “Zad­ina didn’t have the same cal­iber of line­mates,” said a scout. “But when he got to the CHL Top Prospects Game, you re­ally got to see what he could do.” Hal­i­fax had Tampa Bay pick Otto Somppi as Zad­ina’s cen­ter early on but even­tu­ally switched over to draft-el­i­gi­ble Benoit-Olivier Groulx, who is more of a twoway player. EDGE: NEI­THER

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