Wednesday, December 13, 2006

King Crosby

I've got just one question after the six-point night Sidney Crosby just had: Is he already, at 19 years old, the best player in the NHL?
In terms of points per game, Crosby is second only to Martin Havlat (18 points in 10 games) with a 1.74 points per game pace, and if the youngster can stay healthy for the rest of the year, that's a figure that will see him total 138 points — the highest total since Mario Lemieux won the Art Ross Trophy with 161 points in 1995-96.

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At 12:33 AM, December 14, 2006, Blogger mudcrutch79 said...

Do I smell a followup to last year's wildly succesful "Are the Ottawa Senators the Greatest Team in NHL History?" feature?

 
At 2:53 AM, December 14, 2006, Blogger The Puck Stops Here said...

I don't think Crosby it is that crazy to imagine Crosby ranked as the number one player in The Hockey News rankings next summer. I also don't think it would be that crazy to imagine him ranked in 8th or 10th spot depending upon how he finishes the season.

 
At 3:06 AM, December 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crosby has been the best performer in the league this season - point blank. He won't relinquish this lead. To think it's only taken him 108 games to reach the top of the scoring race is simply nuts!

I hesistate to make comparisons of grandeur - Crosby "Is What He Is" to quote the add, but it reminds me no less of when Gretzky was barely shaving yet while vaulting the games best player rank.

All fans can do is sit back and enjoy the ride. Witness hockey history in the making doesn't get any more fun than this!

 
At 6:34 AM, December 14, 2006, Blogger The Puck Stops Here said...

Reality Check. I would argue that Crosby has not been the best player in the NHL so far this year. Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Pronger have. Crosby is in the next bunch.

 
At 6:38 AM, December 14, 2006, Blogger JP said...

If a distinction can be drawn between the League's "best player" and "best talent," I'd draw it there.

Hanging a touchdown (extra point wide left on the Malone finish on the late 2-on-1) on the woeful Flyers is nice, but until Sid shows the kind of leadership that a guy like Jarome Iginla has (especially lately) and until his Pens win something, I'd hesitate to call him the best player in the League.

But he's certainly, imo, the League's premier talent.

 
At 7:16 AM, December 14, 2006, Anonymous Baroque said...

Too bad not every team will get a chance to host him, letting the fans judge for themselves.

 
At 8:14 AM, December 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lidstrom and Pronger have both been amazingly solid and dependable as always - but they are veterans on well established teams.

Crosby is 19 and the Penguins have only three other talents worthy of bieng a Red Wing or Duck. The team is pretty thin still, yet he's carrying it. That's something neither Lidstrom or Pronger is being asked to do.

Your point is a valid one, but my vote still goes to Sid.

 
At 9:34 AM, December 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6 points in one game? Sidney must be thirsty.

 
At 9:40 AM, December 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait, Iginla? As a comparison of someone who has won something?

The Flames LOST that game 7. Why has this been so hard for Flames fans to understand.

But yeah, he is no Lidstrom yet.

 
At 10:46 AM, December 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do I smell a followup to last year's wildly succesful "Are the Ottawa Senators the Greatest Team in NHL History?" feature?

I've got just one question after the six-point night Sidney Crosby just had: Is he already, at 19 years old, the best player ever to play in the NHL?

Find out the answer to this, and other ridiculously pre-mature questions, in today's Globe sports,

 
At 11:52 AM, December 14, 2006, Blogger Leroux said...

I don't know when Mario Lemieux make in 8 points in a game but a don't think it was at 19 years.
Go Crosby Go

 
At 11:57 AM, December 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just hope Meat Head Therrien and Savard don't burn him out before he joins the Habs in a couple of seasons

 
At 3:49 PM, December 14, 2006, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

Yes, Crosby is the best player in the game today. Get used to it.

 
At 4:29 PM, December 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Find out the answer to this, and other ridiculously pre-mature questions, in today's Globe sports,

I guess you can't keep all the idiots out, hey James?

 
At 4:54 PM, December 14, 2006, Anonymous Bryon said...

Crosby is leading the league in scoring. He's leading the Pens in +/-. He makes Colby Armstrong a good player. He is a human highlight reel.

If he isn't the league's best player, he certainly deserves inclusion in the group of 3 or 4 players who could be considered the best.

 
At 12:04 PM, December 18, 2006, Anonymous Bill said...

Clark and Zubrus are averaging a point a game, I think Ovechkin is pretty good too. Plus the Caps are 6th in the conference. Hopefully this will be the NHL's Magic vs. Bird rivalry. To great players with different styles.

 

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