He Moved So Easily All I Could Think of was Sunlight / I said "Aren't you the player who was recently promoted to the first line?"
"Well, jeez. Now I feel stupid for not picking Spezza merely because as far as I'm concerned he "broke out" a couple years ago--Ottawa just refused to let the guy play. I was looking for somebody who wasn't already obviously a terrific player."
Here are two stat lines from the 2003-04 season:
78GP, 55pts, +22, average time on ice: 14:37
82GP, 54pts, +18, average time on ice: 13:32
One of these is Spezza. Can you tell which? More to the point, do you know who the other player is?
The first one is Spezza and the second is Daniel Sedin, about whom everyone wonders when 'he is going to finally realize his potential'.
Incidentally, I'm not sure Cosh is standing on solid quibbling ground, given that his choice of breakout player was Adrien Aucoin, who was 11th in defense scoring last year - how much more can a guy break out - is he going to lead the league this year? It seems like Cosh was predicting a player who was going to have breakout recognition, rather than breakout point totals, but I digress.