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In The Crease: Niklas Backstrom's back

Updated: November 16, 2010, 5:51 PM ET
By Tim Kavanagh | Special to ESPN.com

Comparing preseason rankings to end-of-season results, no one ever nails their list. There are many internal and external factors that weigh on how things shake out, some of which are hard to foresee during (or before) training camp when these lists are compiled and published.

Although some of my preseason rankings were a bit off-kilter -- hi there, Tuukka Rask -- one player I felt confident about then (and still feel confident about now) is Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, who I ...

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