NHL: 7 Players with Something to Prove in 2011-12

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NHL: 7 Players with Something to Prove in 2011-12
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Hockey players are a proud lot. Tell them they are underachieving and one can imagine the response he or she might get.

"I always want to prove people wrong, and I'd like to do it again," said Dany Heatley of his trade to the Minnesota Wild.

Heatley is one of a number of NHL players looking for a rebound season this fall.

"If you score goals you're always expected to score goals, and that's never going to change," Heatley said. "I love being in that spot. If you don't like being in that spot, I think you're in the wrong place."

Heatley's comments indicate he is eyeing a return to form this season. He likely isn't alone.

Here are seven NHL names with something to prove in 2011-12.

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