The Pittsburgh Penguins knew they had something special in 2005 when they took Sidney Crosby as the number one draft pick. In his very first season in the league, Crosby went off and scored 102 points in 81 games. From there he only continued to rise in the ranks and become feared by every team he went up against. In 2007, at the age of 19, Crosby was elected captain of the Pens which made him the youngest team captain in NHL history. In the Penguins Stanley Cup-winning season in ’09, Crosby had 103 points in 77 regular season games, and 31 points in 24 playoff games. The guy scored 15 goals in that postseason run in ’09 and was the sole reason they won the cup that year. For me, that is the season where he solidified his greatness forever in the NHL, the year he won his team the Stanley Cup.
A little history of Sid the Kid
After the win in 2009, Crosby continued to show his greatness with another 100+ point season in 2010. But then the plague of injuries started for The Kid. He suffered a bad concussion in January 2011 and as a result missed the remainder of the season and the playoffs. In that season, however, Crosby set a record for the fewest games played by an NHL team’s points leader with 66 points in 41 games. He then missed the first 20 games of the ’11-12 season due to lingering effects of the concussion. Then in December 2011 he was hit in the head again and did not return to play until March of 2012. He played only 22 games that season, but still managed to rack up a total of 37 points. 12-13 was the season of the NHL lockout, which cut off a good chunk of the season, and Crosby only played in 36 games earning 56 points. From then on Sidney hasn’t been seriously injured and has been playing 75+ games per season.
One great to another
The first half of this season was a bit of a struggle for Crosby, scoring only nine of his 36 regular season goals and 27 of his 85 points. But when January hit, Crosby turned it on and scored his remaining 27 goals in preparation for the post-season. A recent quote from possibly the greatest NHL player to ever live speaks volumes for Crosby’s second half comeback and his high-quality play in the post-season. Wayne Gretzky, speaking of Crosby, said to Sportsnet: “He’s been, I think, terrific.” “Patrick Kane had one of those special ears and he’s definitely deserving of all the accolades that he’s getting, but I also felt that the last 40 games (of the regular season) Crosby was again the best player in the NHL. He just took his play to another level.” Sidney Crosby ended the regular season with 85 points in 80 games played, and has 17 points in 22 post-season games, with one win between him and another Stanley Cup victory. He has certainly left his mark on this season and would love nothing more than end on the best note a player can hope for.