Are they becoming more common? Or have they always been around? Are the changes in training, coaching, powerskating excellerating and improving the product? hockey players that is. Hockey Canada even has a DVD set teaching the fundamentals and how to improve skills. In the olden days if you could skate ie: Orr - no one could touch you but now it seems there are alot of good skaters. Those that had private backyard rinnks or ready access to winter ice outdoors benefited with more ice time. There is talk of generational players and Crosby is named. But Ovechkin, maybe Malkin, Staal, Spezza don't look too shabby. Then there is Kessel, Toews, Esposito Tavares. You hear all these are "special" talents. But are they? Perhaps they are now the norm. It seems each year has at least one and maybe two.