For this ridiculous post to still be open is telling of how special a player Jason Spezza is and will be. Spezza could put up monster numbers for years to come. If this past playoffs was Brad Richard's coming out party, Spezza could have his own very soon down the road.
and that's generous, it is inexplicable to me why this kid's stock is so high...
Spezza's stock us high because he is doing well.
He dominated the AHL and did well in the NHL during his first pro season.
This past season, his first season in the NHL, he posted very respectable numbers.
Spezza put up 55 points in 78 games, three years after he was drafted.
Thornton: 60 points in 81 games.
Marleau: 40 points in 81 games.
Lecavalier: 51 points in 68 games.
Legwand: 41 points in 81 games.
Stefan: 23 points in 59 games.
Sedin: 36 points in 82 games.
Hartnell: 34 points in 82 games.
Spezza is more than holding his own against his peers (top ranked centres that went early in the draft). His size and skill make him a candidate to be a true number one centre. There aren't many of those guys around.
Heck, even if he doesn't improve a whit - he is already a number two centre. No sense in dealing the guy at all. You just don't trade players of that size and skill. Especially when they are doing well.
At any rate, we know what the organization thinks - get rid of a player (Bonk) to make room for Spezza. He won't be going anywhwere.