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Will these players suffer sophomore slumps?

Updated: October 13, 2006, 12:35 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Last season's rookie crop is generally accepted as the deepest, most talented, most prolific of all time, starting with Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, and running on from there.

But that was then, this is now.

Rookie productivity often can be aided by a wave of adrenaline that overcomes nervousness, the burden of expectation, homesickness and all the other factors that might otherwise make it difficult for a 19- or 20-year-old to excel against players 10 or 15 years his ...

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