Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger
I'd be curious to hear what you guys think of Crosby though. I don't think he's nearly worth all the hype he gets. Think OV is 10 times the player and leader. All this media bull shit calling him the next one...without Malkin, and officials bending over backwards to his every whim, he's an above average player at best. I see him having a career more like Joe Sakic (who is great, but never the league's crown jewel) that Gretzky or Lemieux. There are five guys in the league who I'd have before him on my team. Ovechkin, Malkin, Iginla, Zetterberg, Luongo
I agree with this for the most part. He is very over rated, or at least once was. There used to be the whole "next great one" thing but that fell apart when he couldn't distiguish himself beyond the other top-10 players. Gretzky demolished the competition, #2 in scoring was worlds behind (and perhaps back on Earth). Crosby is comfortably some place within the top-8 for the most part. He is far from above average and I think certainly top-10, but Malkin has just matured into the best player on that team.
The real interesting story is the Pens' record w/o Crosby - no worse at all, in fact significantly better when he is out of the line up. Just look at this year when he went down to rest his groin for 2 weeks, Malkin took charge and took the Pens from 10th in the East to a playoff spot and then to the Con Smythe trophy as the team won the Cup. Neither Malkin nor Crosby were stellar in the finals, but Crosby's 1 goal and 2 assists in 7 games?? Pitiful.
Still, IMO, Ovechkin is the best in the world. The energy, the speed, the fact that he keeps teams on edge at all times. I HATE it when my team plays the Caps.