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By DAMIAN CRISTODERO, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 22, 2002

PLAYER: Jean-Francois Soucy.

POS: C.

AGE: 19.

HT/WT: 6-3; 180.

HOMETOWN: Riviere Du Loup, Quebec.

WHAT'S UP: Left wing Andre Roy gave Soucy a quick up-and-down and said, "How about about Wayne Gretzky over there?"

Soucy scored a hat trick in his first NHL game. The defensive specialist had eight goals last season for QMJHL Montreal.

"It's a good feeling," Soucy said, "but it's just an exhibition game. If I want to play in the NHL, I have to keep working hard."

Soucy has come a long way since last season's camp. He is skating confidently and head scout Jake Goertzen called him "an honest player."

"There's nothing glaring missing," Goertzen said of Soucy's game. "But I don't think there's anything that jumps out at you either."

Because of that, he was reassigned to Montreal.


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