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Helene Elliott: All things considered, they'd rather be in Korea

TAMPA, Fla. - NHL players are faster and more skillful than ever, and recent draft classes have produced a captivating infusion of youth, speed and star power. The NHL was lucky when generational talent Connor McDavid landed with the Edmonton Oilers in 2015, and its fortune continued with the arrival of dynamic youngsters such as Finland's Patrik Laine, Americans Jack Eichel and Auston Matthews, and this season's top rookie of the year candidate, Minnesota-born Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks.

Driven by the increase in skill and rule tweaks that have generated more scoring, the NHL has never been more marketable. And never, other than

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