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Atlanta Thrashers Hot After Evander Kane

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I've arrived here in Montreal and due to a late departing Delta flight missed the first half of the media lunch with top prospects. However, I did arrive in time to see the top six guys introduced and Pierre McGuire drooled over them while asking them question with a microphone in hand. After "The Dick Vitale of the NHL" finished sucking up, they allowed everyone to scatter around and talk to whomever they wanted to. I will give the NHL full marks for a snazzy production set up, here is Kane's empty seating with spotlight.

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I went to Brayden Schenn first. The Toronto media asked every possible Schenn brothers question imaginable and then I got to ask how heavily Atlanta had been following him. He said they had an extended interview earlier and then again last night.

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Then I headed over to talk to Evander Kane, when I asked him how often he had talked to the Thrashers he said "three times during the season, twice since the season ended." If I were a gambling man I would be going "all in" and bet that Atlanta takes Kane if they retain the pick nobody in the top 3 does anything shocking.

Kane was asked bout 4 times how he feels about going to Atlanta, looks like he better get used to answering that question. I asked him if he has ever closed his eyes and imagined lining up for a faceoff with Ilya Kovalchuk and said that he tried not to get to far ahead of himself--a prudent answer--but hopefully he thinks about it while waiting for the hours to pass until Friday night.

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Below is a picture of about $20 million worth of hockey talent. The best 18 year old hockey players in the world.

Did I mention that Hedman absolute LOOMS over everyone. Like Pronger it is a freak of nature that anyone that big could skate so well.

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It is super hot here (80 degrees). What is the world coming to when you can't escape the heat by going to Canada!