In the Oct. 21 issue of The Hockey News:
• Our cover story examines the rise of the Washington Capitals and how the team is intent on contending for the Cup while playing the NHL’s most exciting brand of hockey.
• Our annual rankings of the top bluelines in the NHL.
• In his In The Slot column, senior writer Ken Campbell explains why he is picking the Ottawa Senators to come out of the East this season.
• In Overtime, new back-page columnist Eric Duhatschek talks about the Florida Panthers’ Jay Bouwmeester and his impending free agency.
• Editor-in-chief Jason Kay talks about experts’ fascination with the San Jose Sharks and lists the players he expects will compete for this year’s Masterton Trophy.
• A tribute to recently deceased actor Paul Newman, who became well known in the hockey world thanks to his iconic Reggie Dunlop character in the movie Slap Shot.
• Inside the NHL forecasts the potential teams in the running for 2009’s first overall pick and how Victor Hedman has surpassed John Tavares in some minds to become that selection.
• Team Reports give cap updates for each of the 30 NHL teams and explains what type of buzz each club is generating.
• In our International Report, we take a look at the headlines from the new Kontinental League.
• Roberto Luongo being named captain in Vancouver.
• In Prospects Unlimited, we profile veteran AHLers Brett MacLean and Matt Murley, as well as 2009 NHL draft hopeful Nazem Kadri of the London Knights. We also bring you news from the AHL, WHL, OHL, and QMJHL.
• Adam Proteau answers readers’ questions in Ask Adam.
• Starting from 10 counts down the players who turned in the most impressive pre-seasons.
• NHL depth charts – with first PP unit and rookie hopefuls – for all 30 clubs.
• We go Beyond the Spotlight and examine Chris Morehouse of the Saint Mary’s Huskies who beat the odds both on and off the ice.
• The best and worst of hockey in Plus/Minus.
• Readers get their say in Letters to the Editor.
• Inside the Numbers examines players’ pre-season stats and provides a radio and TV guide for every NHL team.
• Check out our 2008-09 College Preview, where we rank the top teams and freshman in the NCAA.