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Svatos shouldn't be rookie afterthought

Updated: December 12, 2005, 1:11 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

If one was handicapping for the Calder Trophy, the Colorado Avalanche's Marek Svatos probably would be a longer shot than, say, Luxembourg in World Cup soccer.

Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin are the prohibitive favorites, and Calgary's Dion Phaneuf at least is getting significant third-place mention as the best in an impressive group of first-year defensemen.

And what of Svatos?

The 23-year-old Slovak winger is getting noticed, but more as an afterthought. ...

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