Embattled center faces crucial season

After a career-worst 19 points and 53 points, Eric Lindros must prove this season that his skills aren't declining.

Updated: October 10, 2003, 2:13 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
He's 30, been battered on the ice and beaten in the media. No longer the "Next One," Eric Lindros is at a crucial point in his career to show he still should be considered one of hockey's elite players.

Seven concussions have understandably taken a toll on the New York Rangers center, but after a career-worst 19 points and 53 points in 81 games, Lindros must prove this season that his skills aren't declining.

"Eric's our on-ice leader, there's no question about it," Rangers captain Mark Messier told The New York Times.


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