Remember those colouring books where if you connected the lines a jumble of numbers became a flower pot or a circus elephant?
In the NHL, most of the numbers are obscured because of the speed of the game, a bounce off the boards, an unexpected move from a veteran or the zeal of a rookie who has been just called up.
There are two kinds of great players. Some see the flowerpot. Others just ride on a heightened instinct. They feel it.
When the Oilers ran a young Wayne Gretzky through a battery ...