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Offense: Sure, Brett Hull is an aging player. But he's surrounded by lots of speed as this team goes young and quick with players like Petr Nedved, Shane Doan, Ladislav Nagy, Jason Chimera, Oleg Saprykin and Boyd Devereaux and Mike Comrie.
Defense: This unit is not all that experienced and certainly not deep or strong, but there are some puck handlers back there who can move it to the forwards in the form of Derek Morris, David Tanabe and Paul Mara.
Goaltending: The jury is still out on Brian Boucher, who set an NHL record with five consecutive shutouts in 2003-04, but won only 10 games total. That's why veteran Curtis Joseph was signed. He'll do more than wait in the wings.p>
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|Comings & Goings|
G Curtis Joseph; C Jarrod Skalde; G Steve Passmore; LW Mike Leclerc; D Zbynek Michalek.
G Jean-Marc Pelletier; LW Andrei Nazarov; D Dustin Wood; LW Jon Sim; LW Brian Savage; C Jason Jaspers; G Brent Johnson.
|When we last saw them|
Doan posted 27 goals and 41 assists in the 2003-04 season.
Boucher set a league record with five straight shutouts, but posted a lowly 10-19-10 record and a 2.74 goals-against average.
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