Hockey’s back! And with this great news comes the anticipation each fan has that it is their favorite player’s breakout year.
Will Sidney Crosby stay healthy and lead the Penguins to a Stanley Cup championship? Do Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have enough left in the tank to snap the Sharks out of a surprising downward spiral? Are the Diaper Dandies up in Edmonton ready to put up big boy numbers?
As Yahoo!’s Nicholas J. Cotsonika’s lengthy feature on Sid the Kid and other similar pieces all over the internet suggest, there is a lot of focus not only on how each team is doing, but also on how the lockout is affecting each individual player.
Whether it’s how Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is tackling jet lag from all his travel, some silly speculation that Ilya Kovalchuk will stay in Russia or the realistic notion that the lockout may force older players like Brian Rolston and Andrew Brunette into retirement, the Internet is abuzz with speculation about players.
With an abridged version of the hockey season starting up again, let’s take a quick look at 100 players you can’t miss out on in