Sidney Crosby, The Best There Is?
Lets not go putting labels on Sid the Kid just yet, but there’s no doubting his skill. Whether you love him or hate him, Sidney Crosby is the best player in the NHL today.
The now 26 year old Crosby, was drafted first overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. When he joined the NHL many said he would be the next best player since “The Great One”, Wayne Gretzky. He didn’t disappoint, in his first year as a pro, Crosby finished 6th in NHL Scoring with 102 points. Fellow superstar draftee, Alexander Ovechkin would finish with 4 more points then Crosby & taking the NHL’s Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year which induced a player rivalry between the 2.
He didn’t fail to disappoint in his sophomore season, as he went on to pick up the Art Ross Trophy (leading scorer), Lester B. Pearson/Ted Linsay Award(peer voted best player), Mark Messier Leadership Award, & the Hart Memorial Trophy(NHL MVP). But if you had to knock Sid the Kid on one thing, it would be at the fact that he seems a bit injury prone at times. In his 3rd year in a league he suffered a high ankle sprain that kept him out of the lineup for 28 games. Nonetheless he still registered 72 points in 53 games. He would also make his first ever Stanley Cup appearance against the Detroit Red Wings but eventually lost in 6 games. In Crosby’s next two seasons, he would go rather injury free and win his first Stanley Cup.
Then came the disaster that was 2010-2011 for Crosby. During the Winter Classic he was hit in the head by Capitals forward David Steckel. He’d finish the game and go on to play the next game against the Tampa Bay Lightning where he was hit in the head again by Victor Hedman. He would miss the remainder of the season and playoffs and the first 20 games of the 2011-2012 campaign. You know what they say, lightning does strike twice. His concussion symptoms came back, possibly from a David Krejci elbow and forced him to miss more time. He only played 22 games that season but still mustered 37 points.
In the lockout shortened season of 12′-13′ Crosby would miss time with a broken jaw when teammate Brooks Orpik unleashed a slapshot that caught Sid in the mouth. In slow motion, you could see his teeth spray out onto the ice. He’d go on to miss the final 12 games of the year, and lost out on the Art Ross Trophy by 4 points to Martin St. Louis. Amazing isn’t it? Despite missing time he still nearly won the trophy.
With Crosby seeming finally healthy, the Pittsburgh Penguins had high expectations for the 2013-2014 Hockey season. Crosby is going to wind up winning his 2nd Art Ross Trophy this year as he leads the NHL in Points by a large margin. He has 102 points in 78 games and the next closest player, Ryan Getzlaf, has 85 points. It’s also possible that Crosby might win his 2nd Hart Trophy as well, being that he’s been one of the only players on the Pittsburgh Penguins team to stay healthy this year and captaining his Penguins to 2nd place in the Eastern Conference by being winners of the Metropolitan Division.
As of right now, Crosby averages just about 61 games per season & 1.399 points per game. Now going strictly based off what we’ve seen in his 9 years in the league, & if he keeps up his pace he will collect another 850-1,000 points possibly. That is assuming he plays another 11 years in the NHL (He’d be 38 years old) with him staying relatively healthy.
Saying he does the latter and registers somewhere around 1,000 points, when you combine it with his already 767 points, he should land somewhere in the top 5 in NHL career point totals.
So to say he’d be the Greatest Ever is a bit preposterous, I do however think when all is said and done, we can consider Sidney Crosby ONE OF the Greatest Players to ever play the game. I mean lets be real here, I don’t think anyone will surpass Wayne Gretzky’s name on the All Time NHL Scoring leaders list. You can take away all of Gretzky’s goals and he’d still be the leader, now that’s saying something.
But getting to watch Crosby for the rest of his career will be something very special for most of us. We will have grown up in the prime era of the NHL where we’ve witnessed many of the greats like Gretzky, Messier, Yzerman, Francis, Lemeiux, Jagr ect. Sidney Crosby will be in that list of names, but he wont be at the top of it.
Still, finishing anywhere in the top 10 is incredible. Sidney Crosby is that and more.