well, if you go back to my response to your O'Neill comparison … comparing them is pointless NOT because of the trajectory their careers will take, but because they are two totally different forwards.
Steen is NOT a liability on most nights. O'Neill always has been and that is only because he plays a different kind of game than Steen (sort of like comparing Wellwood to Steen – two totally different styles – although Steen's game is much more well-rounded and less flashy, Wellwood is nicer to watch simply because of his flash, but also frustrating to watch because some of his experimentations on the ice blow up in his face).
in any case i like 2 young leafs equally though for different reasons.
O'Neill? i just dont see how he can possibly enter the equation in any way shape or form when you are trying to make an assessment of Steen. period.
your definitions of 'break-out' and the application of that singular notion of a what a break-out season is to BOTH O'Neill and Steen are highly flawed as well. when you are talking about two different kinds of forwards playing two different kinds of games, you need to also consider different kinds of 'break-out' seasons.
i get the sense that you revel in being a contrarian, and thats totally cool. at the same time, dont let the contraian tendencies cloud your judgement or long-term view. that is all i am really saying. dont get mad at me for what 'the media' (again, terribly vague) touted Steen to be.
a top-6 forward that can consistenly put up 60 pts a year and play well at both ends of the rink – not to mention the odd highlight reel pass and goal here or there – is something to treasure in this day and age.