Finding the NHL's future

If a work stoppage forced the retirment of top players, there's plenty of young talent ready for their shift.

Updated: October 8, 2003, 7:32 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

Every sport searches for The Next One, especially a sport that has been graced with The Great One and The Magnificent One.

In accepting the torch, a player must accept that it's not enough to simply be good, but that the sport demands more. It's in many ways a difficult role, one that transcends a player's standing in his own community, with his own team.

Each sport has had them. Each sport searches feverishly for another when those players move on.

The NBA still searches for ...

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