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WHOM WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE?
Kostya Kennedy
January 31, 2000
JOE THORNTONBRUINS CBoston selected the rugged 6'4" 220-pounder with the No. I pick in the 1997 draft and then nurtured him his first two seasons, in which he totaled 19 goals. This year he had 12 goals and 27 assists through Sunday and had been a force for the Bruins.
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January 31, 2000

Whom Would You Rather Have?

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JOE THORNTON
BRUINS C
Boston selected the rugged 6'4" 220-pounder with the No. I pick in the 1997 draft and then nurtured him his first two seasons, in which he totaled 19 goals. This year he had 12 goals and 27 assists through Sunday and had been a force for the Bruins.

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PATRICK MARLEAU
SHARKS C
San Jose selected the slick 6'2" 210-pounder with the No. 2 pick in the 1997 draft and then watched him score an impressive 34 goals over his first two seasons. This year he had II goals and 16 assists in a secondary role for the forward-rich Sharks.

The Verdict: Bruins scouts deemed Thornton slightly better in 1997. Two and a half years later, we concur.

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