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Ear to the glass: sophs' sage advice

Stamkos, Doughty and Bogosian give their tips to this year's rookie class

Updated: October 16, 2009, 2:36 PM ET
By Lindsay Berra | ESPN The Magazine
Stamkos/Tavares/DoughtyGetty ImagesSteven Stamkos and Drew Doughty have some tips for the new kids, including John Tavares (center).

As 26 of the NHL's 30 teams take the ice Saturday, so will the top 4 picks from this past June's NHL draft. They're the rawest of rookies, but Islander John Tavares (age 19, with two goals and three assists in four games), Bolt Victor Hedman (age 18, with four assists and 24:49 of average ice time), Av Matt Duchene (age 18, with three assists for Colorado, a surprising team at 5-1-1) and Thrasher Evander Kane (age 18, with one goal and one assist) seem to be adjusting well to both life and considerable ice time in the NHL. Still, the transition from junior hockey to the pros is not easy to make. We asked three NHL sophomores to give these four rookies a little advice on how to handle the adjustment.

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Lindsay Berra is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.

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