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Sure. There were only four games. But for most purposes, the NHL season began Wednesday night. Sorry, Ducks and Kings fans.

But those four were all edge-of-your-seat matchups (I might exaggerate slightly) -- all decided by one goal or a shootout. It was a small sample, but there were still some things to take from Wednesday's opening night ...

1. Paul Stastny will not have a sophomore slump. No way. All the 21-year-old center did Wednesday was notch his first career hat trick in the Avs' 4-3 win over the Stars. Whenever Joe Sakic retires, Stastny will comfortably slide into the No. 1 pivot slot.

2. Dany Heatley is already proving he's worth every penny of the $45 million extension. Heck, Ottawa may have got him at a discount. After recording back-to-back 50-goal seasons, Heatley just might notch 60-plus goals in 2007-08.

3. Erik Staal is off to a good start. The Hurricanes may have dropped their opener, but they have to be pleased with Staal's first showing. After turning in a 100-point season two years ago and guiding the team to the Stanley Cup, Staal slipped to 70 last season -- and Carolina missed the playoffs.

4. Cristobal Huet was very impressive -- stopping 29 of 31 shots. But he may have to have a few more performances like that if he hopes to hold off 20-year-old phenom Carey Price for the entire season. The kid ain't taking the job just yet.

So what are your thoughts from Wednesday's games? Who really stood out? Who looks like they need another week of practice?

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