Danny Bailey – Staff Writer
That’s right, you heard it here first. We live in an incredible generation for hockey.
There are teams like the Edmonton Oilers, who were bottom feeders for the past decade, who recruited the likes of Connor McDavid to pile up points for his team to put them on top of the western conference.
There are offensive powerhouse teams, such as the Chicago Blackhawks, that continue to generate goals with star the studded line of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane or Tampa Bay Lightning with Steven Stamkos and Ryan Johnson.
And yet there are teams like the Florida Panthers who rely on living legend Jarmir Jagr.
However, none of the aforementioned stars can compare to the likes of Sidney Crosby.
By this point in the season, most teams have played 11 to 13 games out of the 82 game hockey season.
As of right now, Patrick Laine, Michael Grabner, Alexander Ovechkin, Richard Panik, Steven Stamkos and Artem Anisimov are the top scorers this season.
All of them are tied with seven goals scored, having played 11 to 12 games each.
Crosby took the lead with eight goals after his two goal performance in San Jose this past Saturday.
If leading the league in goals wasn’t already impressive, lets add in the fact that he has scored those eight goals in just six games, which is half the amount of games of the other league leaders.
With Crosby currently doubling the production of the rest of the league’s top goal scorers, I have no doubt that he will be a contender for the NHL Maurice “Rocket” Richard award for being the top goal scorer.
If Crosby can manage to stay healthy, I believe that his chances of actually winning the award this year are considerably high, his second in his career.
Over the past decade, the winner of the award strings together 50 to 60 goals, and at Crosby’s rate of a little over a goal per game, he could find himself in the driver’s seat to win the Rocket Richard award this season.
Many of Crosby’s goals this season come from work effort.
The Pittsburgh captain is one of the best, if not the best, puck protectors in the league.
You know when Crosby goes into the corners of the offensive zone, no one is stripping him of that puck.
He can twist and turn to change directions in an instant while making defenders look like they are skating on some frictionless surface.
He has the vision to cut open defenses with his superior passing skills, even when he isn’t looking, and backhanding it at the same time.
Usually, he is fairly even with assists and goals, but this season, he has found himself in prime positioning for shots.
Everything is clicking for Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, despite sitting out with a concussion.
He is a scary player to go up against and I am personally excited to see how the rest of the season turns out for him, both statistically and hopefully a Stanley Cup repeat of last year.