What is it about Sidney Crosby that he can’t buy respect? Seems that either hockey fans love him or hate him. But those who hate him don’t seem to be saying “I respect that he’s a great player but I don’t like him”, or “I don’t like this particular aspect of his game” or whatever, it’s more like they think he’s overrated and simply not that great a player. I don’t understand this.
In his four NHL seasons, he’s been named to the All-Star game three times, won the Art Ross (most points), Lester B. Pearson (best player as voted by his peers), and Hart (MVP) trophies, and he’s only 21 years old. According to Wikipedia, he’s the youngest player in NHL history to:
- record 100 points in a season
- record 200 career points
- have 2 consecutive 100 point seasons
- be voted to the All-Star game
- win the Art Ross
- win the Lester B. Pearson
- named to the first all-star team
- named full team captain
- captain a team to the Stanley Cup
Most importantly, he took the Penguins from worst team in the league to Stanley Cup contenders in three years and Stanley Cup champs in four. Sure, he didn’t do it alone, Messrs. Malkin and Fleury helped, among others, but the acquisition of Crosby by the Penguins turned that team around in a big hurry. He’s been called a whiner, but so was Gretzky when he was young, and if that’s the worst thing you can say about a hockey player, that’s not bad.
People can have whatever opinion about Crosby that they want. Is he the best player in the league? Probably not, I think Ovechkin has him beat there. It could be argued that given Evgeni Malkin, he’s not even the best player on his own team. But given the stats above, I don’t understand how anyone can question that he’s one of the top five.
Note: the picture was stolen from nhLOL.blogspot.com.