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Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton

Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton
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The top two picks in the 1997 draft boast a rare blend of size and physical talent that allows them to dominate games from October through April. Their lack of emotional will, however, has been at the core of the Sharks' playoff failures -- a sad state that was finally addressed when the A and C, respectively, were ripped off their chests. Unless the duo discovers their inner William Wallace, it'll be another short spring in San Jose.
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