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    Sophomores lack statistical progression
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Edmonton Oilers winger Nail Yakupov's sensational finish -- six goals, including a hat trick, in his final three games -- helped him tie for the rookie lead in points with Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau, but it wasn't enough to put him on pace for 60 points.

    Yakupov and Huberdeau both finished with 31 points in 48 games, a pace of 53 points per 82 games. Just one rookie -- Carolina's Jeff Skinner in 2010-11 -- has had a 60-point season over the last five campaigns.

    There hasn't been much improvement in sophomore seasons during that span either.

    Starting with the 2008-09 rookie class, only 15 players who ranked in the top 10 in points during their rookie year have produced a higher point-per-game average the following season.

    The biggest gainer during that timeframe was Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos, who ranked fifth among rookies with 46 points in 79 games in 2008-09. Stamkos jumped to 95 points in 82 games in his second season, an increase of 0.58 ppg.

    The other 14 players had an average increase of 0.17 ppg in their second season. That equates to about 14 points per 82 games.

    The only second-year player who ranked in the top 10 in rookie scoring last season and experienced an increase in ppg this season was Buffalo's Cody Hodgson. Hodgson had 41 points in 83 games last season and turned in 34 points in 48 games during this shortened season, an increase of 0.22 ppg.

    The other nine players declined in ppg average, and some did so dramatically.

    Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Oilers tied for the rookie scoring lead with 52 points apiece in 2011-12, but Landeskog finished with a pace of 39 points per 82 games and RNH played at a pace of 49 points per 82 games in 2012-13.

    New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique, who ranked third with 51 points in 74 games as a rookie, dropped to 16 points in 42 games this season, a decline of 0.31 ppg.

    Along with Yakupov and Huberdeau, Montreal C Alex Galchenyuk (12 points in April; 27 points in 48 games on the season), Edmonton D Justin Schultz (27 points in 48 games) and St. Louis RW Vladimir Tarasenko (19 points in 38 games) likely will be the most coveted second-year players in 2013-14 fantasy drafts.

    However, given how unsteady the majority of NHL sophomores have been recently, fantasy owners might be better off leaving that potential on the board in favor of something more stable.




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      St Pete pet shelter reminds about vaccination Video included

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      Natalia Lima from Friends of Strays brought Vixen by the studio to remind us of the importance of vaccinating your pets. More>>

      • Great Stuff

      Pinellas deputy who broke up beach fight tells how he did it Video included

      Updated:

      Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy Sgt. Bryan Bingham went viral a few weeks ago when a video surfaced of him breaking up a fight on St. Pete Beach. More>>

      New centre opens doors to business women in Tampa Bay Video included

      Updated:

      Florida ranks fourth in the country for the number of women-owned businesses, contributing $77.4 billion to the state's economy. More>>

      Enter to win tickets to Nitro Jam

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      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | March 14-15 Video included

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      News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week Video included

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter

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      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
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      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year'

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

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