with Brett Hull it was his attitude as well. I remember reading an aticle a few years ago written by a former scout who talked about how some players did themselves noe favours in interviews leading up to the draft year and made an observation that for his interview for Hall they thought he had just come from the bar or something like and acted like he didn't care
that's interesting. And I believe it to be true, BHull has such a laid back attitude that he probably comes across as a player you can't win with, who doesn't compete hard.
I'd say it's probably true for the bulk of his career. But it's tough to say since he did have so much on-ice success, on various teams. I thought in Dallas he became a much more dedicated player, same for DET, albeit with much less offensive ability by then.
But boy, could he outright score. Wow.
Closest pure scoring ability to Mike Bossy that I've ever seen.
I think you could throw Gretzky into this mix. Many predicted he was too small and slight for the NHL. I don't know off hand how many professional scouts were known to have said this, but many members of the media were guilty of underestimating 99.