What would a season off do for Ovechkin? Byfugliun? Both are talented but conditioning-challenged players. Or would the time off allow a period of reflection to gain some maturity?
... I think it would be great for Crosby. Watch out.
I'm not sure a full-season of no hockey is going to produce good results for Byfuglien. Can't doubt the guy's talent but his conditioning regime seems to be based around kicking it into high-gear JUST as the season is ramping up. Can't see him maintaing a year+ of good conditioning heading into the 13-14 season.
I think Derek Roy could be the next Selanne. Guy didn't have a very good year then he gets traded. With a whole year to regain his composure and get adjusted to a new team and its system, I wouldn't be surprised to see him bounce back in a big way for Dallas.
On the Ducks I hope Getzlaf is the "Selanne". Hell, maybe Selanne can be the "Selanne" as well.
NHL wide, it's hard to say. Crosby definitely has the potential to bounce back huge.
As for who'd be a "Naslund". That could be anyone. Maybe Selanne can be the "Naslund", which would make this topic very ironic. Sadly, it's incredibly possible. Although I doubt Teemu would play again if he had to skip a whole season.
Funny that the oiler fan thinks that hemsky and Whitney will come back better while iginla will be "done".
You do realize iginla is probably in better physical shape then any of the oilers right?
I didn't think it was new, groundbreaking information that players slow down as they get older. Hemsky and Whitney are in their prime and coming off tough surgeries. Iginla is a good 5 years past his prime and has already lost a step. How are those related?
I'ma say Ales Hemsky will be Selanne. Dudes had some tough luck with injuries, never really got his stride back. Give him a year playing soft games to rest up the shoulder and get in gear... dude will be bringing sick dangles and changing games like he used to before he was illegally crosschecked like 10 times in '09.