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18-year olds don't belong in the NHL

This week's starting lineup, 18-year-olds in the NHL and an explanation of the umbrella power play.

Updated: October 31, 2003, 8:44 PM ET
By Barry Melrose | Special to ESPN.com

Open Ice Have you noticed all the 18-year-olds on the ice?

So far, eight 18-year-olds have played at least one game in the NHL this season. There's Patrice Bergeron in Boston, Brent Burns in Minnesota (injured), Milan Michalek in San Jose (injured), Eric Staal in Carolina, Dustin Brown in L.A., Dan Fritsche in Columbus, Nathan Horton in Florida, and Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh.

Each team has its own reason for pressing them into action. But overall, I personally believe we hurt ...

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