I might get a lot of jeers for saying it, but I’m still going to put it out there. Whether you’re willing to admit it or not, Sidney Crosby is one of the best hockey players on the planet at this present time.
I’m no hockey expert and I’m no professional scout. I’m not here to disagree with or challenge those who live the game and know far more than I do. But I am here to answer to the harsh Crosby critics who can’t seem to get over the kid’s status as an NHL poster player.
Without getting too into the statistics right now, let’s just look at his notoriety. With Crosby’s ongoing concussion-related issues keeping him from the game, the game has suffered. When Sid returned to hockey last month against the New York Islanders, his superstar status was as bright as the lamp he had lit on one of his first shifts back after almost a year without playing at that level. Television personalities went absolutely gaga over the kid and I lost count of how many people said it was “a good day for the NHL” to see him back on the ice.
That’s not to say it’s less important to see other players miss a lot of hockey for injuries. Chris Pronger was one of the latest concussion victims and was sidelined for the entire season. His return, like Sid’s, will be great for hockey. But let’s put this in perspective.
Crosby’s resume is not an accident. He is barely approaching his mid-twenties and has enough under his belt to retire on. He’s the youngest captain to ever hoist the Stanley Cup. He’s already made it to the finals twice. He scored his country’s game-winning goal in an Olympic gold medal game.
Since the day the kid was drafted, the NHL hasn’t been the same. His impact on the game is obvious and it’s etched all over anything having to do with professional hockey. So why hate on him?
There’s the typical “cry-baby” complains that usually follow Sid around the ice, and I’m not necessarily disagreeing. Sure, there are times that Crosby mouths off to a ref every now and then. But I can recall another certain hockey legend who also had a complaint or two every now and then who wore the number 99. And besides, a player of Sidney Crosby’s caliber has evidently changed the dynamic of how teams defend against the Pittsburgh Penguins and without a doubt could frustrate any player.
I’m no Crosby-fanatic. I’m not even a big Penguins fan. I’ve got my Crosby sweater hung right next to my Ovechkin sweater on my wall in my apartment. It’s because I respect the game and acknowledge its great players.
It’s a shame that Sid has been sidelined once again, even after his big return. But his short-lived comeback should show that he’s still Sid. In eight games, the kid scored two goals and tallied 10 assists for 12 points. His statistics speak for themselves and I’m not going to ram them down anyone’s throats. (Cough click cough.)
How you feel about Sid is your opinion. But you can’t dispute the facts, which point to his superstar status. Sidney Crosby is good for hockey and the sport is better with him being a part of it.
I’ll leave the Sid haters with this final question. Who wold you rather have on your fantasy team? Sid, or Rick DiPietro?