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This Week in THN: Nov. 16

Chris Pronger, the NHL's nastiest defenseman.

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Chris Pronger, the NHL's nastiest defenseman.

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In the Nov. 16 issue of The Hockey News:  

• We fire one from the point with The Defensemen Issue. Our inaugural salute to the men who man the blueline is blue-chip. Our cover story pairs up Ken Campbell and Adam Proteau with their tag team take on Best of the Blueline in over 10 categories.   

• In Overtime, Eric Duhatschek ventures into the Chicago Wolves’ den and talks with ‘newcomer’ Chris Chelios, who isn’t quite yet extinct.

• Adam Proteau puts Los Angeles Kings rearguard Davis Drewiske front and center in Proteau Type.

• In the Slot, Ken Campbell pinpoints five keys for successfully revamping the NHLPA.

• Inside the NHL, legendary blueliner and 2009 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Brian Leetch points out his favorites among those currently doing his old job. The hockey community isn’t immune to the H1N1 so teams in different leagues share their strategies for minimizing risk.  Niklas Kronwall recalls his NHL debut in My First Time and Top 5 counts down the most prolific point producers among defensemen.

• Plus/Minus has the best and worst around the league.

• In Crowd Shots, we present the best Letters to the Editor, Adam Proteau answers readers’ questions in Ask Adam and Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman flashes back to his first NHL game in Fresh Legs.

 • Olympic Tracker figures if Team USA wants to come in from 30 years of no-gold cold, their biggest strength is a young defense corps.

• NHL Depth Charts – every player, every team, including injuries, spares and next in line

• NHL Team Reports pick out the Top 3 ‘D’ in each team’s history.

• The International Report checks out how a veteran roster has boosted SKA St. Petersburg to first place in the Kontinental League’s Western Conference. Eye on Europe glances at HIFK Helsinki center and possible top 10 pick in the 2011 draft Mikael Granlund.

• In Prospects Unlimited, Ryan Keller of the Binghamton Senators and Colton Gillies from the Houston Aeros trace their different paths to a shot in the NHL. Miami Redhawk prospect Carter Camper follows family tradition and Travis Harmonic of the Moose Jaw Warriors keeps his father’s memory close at hand.

• Inside the Numbers weighs in on whether modern ‘D’ are bigger and crunches the digits on blueline goals and shots.

• Hardcore Hockey brings you the Best of the Rest.

• Jason Kay unchains his heart to sing the praises of defensemen.

• Last Minute of Play features Charlie Teljeur’s hockeysockpuppettheatre cartoon, Larry Humber’s hockey crossword puzzle and Ryan Kennedy’s Jersey Hound calls the Allen Americans an instant classic.

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