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Our experts pick 1997's highs and lows. Click below.

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Overrated   Jason Arnott, Edmonton   How did he ever score 33 goals in his rookie year, 1993-94?

Underrated   Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit   Strong, silent Swedes rarely get publicity, but he is one of the top four defensemen in the NHL

Annoying   Claude Lemieux, Colorado   Refused to apologize to Detroit's Kris Draper for jaw-breaking cheap shot in the '96 playoffs, then turtled in fight with Wings' Darren McCarty

Breakthrough   Michael Peca, Buffalo   Acquired from Vancouver for Alexander Mogilny in 1995, he scored 20 goals and won Selke Trophy as NHL's top defensive forward

Uplifting   Red Wings win the Stanley Cup   After a 42-year drought, an Original Six team rewards itself and a city that truly loves hockey

MVP   Dominik Hasek, Buffalo   One of the best three goalies in the NHL, his .930 save percentage helped Sabres to a division title

 

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