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Crosby vs. the rest

Posted 6:06 PM ET | Comments 4
Let me begin this post by stating that I am both a Penguins fan, as well as a hockey fan. I think there are a lot of great young players in the league today.

With that, it is interesting that the media and hockey people are using the great starts of players like Lecavalier, Kovalchuk and Iginla as a reason to say they are disappointed in Crosby this year, and that he is not the best player in the NHL.

Listen, there will always be a debate between who is a better player. One of my personal issues with that is most people back "their" guy by bashing the "other" guy. There will be none of that here.

Here is a look at what some of the current points leaders did in the NHL when they turned 20:

Player GP Pts.
Lecavalier 68 51
Kovalchuk 81 87
Iginla 70 32
Zetterberg (first NHL year at 22) 79 44
Alfredsson (first NHL year at 25) 82 61

Crosby (full season at 19) 79 120
Crosby (proj at 20) 82 113

After 43 GP at the age of 20, Crosby has 59 pts. So at the half way point this year he has already passed the full year totals of Lecavalier, Iginla and Zetterberg when they were 20, and 2pts away from Alfredsson's total.

The point of the blog is to really put things into perspective:

1. There are great young players in the game today(many I have not included). So let's enjoy them and keep comparisons in perspective.

2. Crosby at the current course and speed, barring anything unforseen, imo will end his hockey career as one of the top 5 best players of all time.

Listen, I understand Penguin fans are lucky to have Crosby. In fact over my 22 years as a Pens fan I have been fortunate enough to watch stars such as Lemieux, Jagr, Crosby, and likely Malkin if he continues his development.

Enjoy the rest of the season, and all the great players we have in our great game.
January 12, 2008 10:09 AM ET | Delete
I'm sick of hearing about Crosby!
January 12, 2008 6:03 PM ET | Delete
Great post.
January 12, 2008 10:06 PM ET | Delete
I don't think anyone doubts whether Crosby is the best 20 year old in the league. But the debate is: Is he the best player? With both Iggy and Vinny playing a much more rounded game AND outscoring Sid, it is hard to say Sid is the best in the game today.
January 12, 2008 10:10 PM ET | Delete
2. Crosby at the current course and speed, barring anything unforseen, imo will end his hockey career as one of the top 5 best players of all time.Depends what your top five is. Most say some combo of: Gretz, Mario, Howe, Orr, Richard. As sid is a primarily offensive player it's tough to compare him to Howe, Orr, Richard, so to be fair, he would have to unseat either Gretz or Mario to hit top 5. As of right now, he is no where near the level Gretz or Mario were at. Both were by far and away the best in the league by age 20. Crosby might not even be top 5 in the league this year. If he's going to get to top 5 alltime status, he's going to have to seriously increase his production within the next year or two.
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