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30-Year-Old Center – Pittsburgh Penguins

2016-17 NHL Stats

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Considering how much Crosby’s accomplished in his NHL career, it’s hard to believe he’s only 30 years old. The future Hall of Famer capped off another tremendous campaign in 2016-17 with his third Stanley Cup as well as several more resume-stuffing accolades -- including lay...

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Crosby agreed to a 12-year, $104.4 million contract extension with the Penguins in June of 2012. Crosby will play the 2012-13 season under the terms of his current contract, and his extension will begin in the 2013-14 season.

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Crosby won the Maurice Richard Trophy as the league's top goal scorer with 44 goals in 75 games, edging Toronto's Auston Matthews and Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov, who both scored 40.

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Sidney Crosby NHL Stats
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Season Age League Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG SH% GWG SHG TOI/G G A Pts TOI/G Hits BS
2005-06 18 81 39 63 102 -1 110 278 14.0 5 0 16 0 16
2006-07 19 79 36 84 120 10 60 250 14.4 4 0 13 0 13
2007-08 20 53 24 48 72 18 39 173 13.9 4 0 6 0 6
2008-09 21 77 33 70 103 3 76 238 13.9 3 0 21:57 7 29 36 5:22 80 42
2009-10 22 81 51 58 109 15 71 298 17.1 6 2 21:57 13 21 34 5:00 63 43
2010-11 23 NHL PIT 41 32 34 66 20 31 161 19.9 3 1 21:55 10 9 19 5:26 31 23
2011-12 24 NHL PIT 22 8 29 37 15 14 75 10.7 3 0 18:28 2 9 11 3:53 11 7
2012-13 25 NHL PIT 36 15 41 56 26 16 124 12.1 1 0 21:06 3 14 17 4:22 21 18
2013-14 26 NHL PIT 80 36 68 104 18 46 259 13.9 5 0 21:58 11 27 38 4:17 47 28
2014-15 27 NHL PIT 77 28 56 84 5 47 237 11.8 3 0 19:58 10 21 31 3:37 66 29
2015-16 28 NHL PIT 80 36 49 85 19 42 248 14.5 9 0 20:28 10 14 24 3:42 90 35
2016-17 29 NHL PIT 75 44 45 89 17 24 255 17.3 5 0 19:53 14 11 25 3:36 80 27
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Sidney Crosby – Playing Time Overview

2016-17 Time On Ice Stats

19:53

Average Time On Ice

On average, Sidney Crosby was on the ice for 19:53.

3:36

Average Power Play Time On Ice

On average, Sidney Crosby was on the ice for 3:36 during power plays.

0:07

Average Short-Handed Time On Ice

On average, Sidney Crosby was on the ice for 0:07 while the team was short-handed.

Year Ice Time Power Play Short-Handed
2014-15 19:58 3:37 0:22
2015-16 20:28 3:42 0:24
2016-17 19:53 3:36 0:07

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Date Opp G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG SH% HIT BS TOI PPTOI
Jun 11 NAS@NAS 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 1 1 17:17 0:00
Jun 8 NAS 0 3 3 2 2 0 1 0 3 0.0 1 1 18:06 4:21
Jun 5 NAS@NAS 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 25.0 1 1 22:15 3:23
Jun 3 NAS@NAS 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 1 20:42 4:00
May 31 NAS 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 0 19:54 6:34
May 29 NAS 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 3 0.0 1 0 20:09 2:48
May 25 OTT 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0 26:49 0:25
May 23 OTT@OTT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.0 2 0 21:48 3:21
May 21 OTT 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 3 33.3 0 0 14:52 2:48
May 19 OTT@OTT 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 5 20.0 0 0 18:05 2:32
May 17 OTT@OTT 1 0 1 -3 0 1 0 0 2 50.0 1 0 20:42 5:07
May 15 OTT 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 3 0 20:36 1:17
May 13 OTT 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 4 0 23:32 5:50
May 10 WAS@WAS 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 0 20:12 2:44
May 8 WAS 0 1 1 -1 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0 19:57 4:23
May 6 WAS@WAS 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0.0 0 1 19:10 1:41
May 3 WAS Did Not Play
May 1 WAS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 2:11 0:00
Apr 29 WAS@WAS 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 2 20:12 3:01
Apr 27 WAS@WAS 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 5 40.0 0 0 17:25 2:21
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Apr 20 CLM 1 0 1 -1 0 1 0 0 6 16.7 0 0 20:00 5:03
Apr 18 CLM@CLM 0 1 1 -2 0 0 1 0 0 0.0 1 0 21:03 3:24
Apr 16 CLM@CLM 0 2 2 -1 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 3 0 25:25 4:36
Apr 14 CLM 1 2 3 3 0 0 0 0 5 20.0 0 0 16:27 1:11
Apr 12 CLM 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0 18:43 3:34
Apr 9 NYR@NYR Did Not Play
Apr 8 TOR@TOR 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 50.0 0 3 16:16 2:17
Apr 6 NJD@NJD 0 2 2 -1 0 0 1 0 1 0.0 1 0 17:13 3:41
Apr 4 CLM 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 1 17:41 4:06
Apr 2 CAR 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 19:01 1:47
Mar 31 NYR@NYR 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 25.0 0 1 21:00 4:29
Mar 29 CHI 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 1 0 18:28 1:55
Mar 26 PHI 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 1 0 21:41 2:18
Mar 24 NYI 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 25.0 1 0 20:29 1:26
Mar 23 OTT@OTT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 0 24:21 3:27
Mar 21 BUF@BUF 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 33.3 0 0 22:31 5:45
Mar 19 FLA 3 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 6 50.0 0 0 16:53 4:46
Mar 17 NJD 2 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 4 50.0 2 0 21:46 4:21
Mar 15 PHI@PHI 0 0 0 -2 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 3 1 20:59 2:33
Mar 13 CGY@CGY 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 25.0 0 1 26:11 6:11
Mar 11 VAN@VAN 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 9 0.0 0 1 22:41 3:53
Mar 10 EDM@EDM 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 0 0 22:46 3:45
Mar 8 WPG@WPG 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 0.0 0 0 19:18 4:15
Mar 5 BUF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0.0 2 0 19:59 5:33
Mar 3 TAM 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 1 20:22 3:03
Mar 1 CHI@CHI 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 2 1 19:20 0:00
Feb 28 DAL@DAL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 19:30 1:10
Feb 25 PHI 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 50.0 2 1 20:47 6:43
Feb 21 CAR@CAR 1 0 1 0 4 1 0 0 5 20.0 1 0 22:05 4:40
Feb 19 DET 1 0 1 -2 2 0 0 0 4 25.0 2 0 21:44 5:50
Feb 17 CLM@CLM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 1 1 18:16 0:37
Feb 16 WPG 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 3 33.3 1 0 20:57 1:55
Feb 14 VAN 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 0.0 2 0 19:35 2:48
Feb 11 ARI@ARI 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 24:41 6:21
Feb 9 COL@COL 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 0 19:47 2:46
Feb 7 CGY 0 1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 2 0 22:00 2:22
Feb 4 STL@STL 2 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 3 66.7 1 1 22:27 6:43
Feb 3 CLM 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 1 1 22:30 1:01
Jan 31 NAS 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 3 0 22:11 3:06
Jan 26 BOS@BOS 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 1 22:19 5:06
Jan 24 STL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 20:58 6:25
Jan 22 BOS 1 2 3 3 0 1 0 0 3 33.3 0 1 15:00 0:06
Jan 20 CAR@CAR 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 0 0 17:22 2:04
Jan 18 MON@MON 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 1 18:11 2:21
Jan 16 WAS 1 3 4 3 0 0 1 0 3 33.3 4 0 18:59 1:17
Jan 14 DET@DET 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 0 20:34 4:18
Jan 12 OTT@OTT 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 1 1 17:25 4:17
Jan 11 WAS@WAS 0 1 1 -2 0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 22:50 6:16
Jan 8 TAM 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 1 0 16:59 2:23
Dec 31 MON 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 5 0 23:00 5:39
Dec 28 CAR 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 50.0 0 1 18:02 0:00
Dec 27 NJD@NJD 1 2 3 2 0 0 1 0 2 50.0 2 0 16:48 3:02
Dec 23 NJD 1 0 1 -1 0 1 0 0 7 14.3 0 0 19:09 2:12
Dec 22 CLM@CLM 1 0 1 -2 0 0 0 0 5 20.0 1 0 18:21 3:18
Dec 20 NYR 1 1 2 1 2 1 0 0 7 14.3 0 0 18:44 6:02
Dec 17 TOR@TOR 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 1 1 20:04 3:54
Dec 16 LOS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 1 1 20:48 5:37
Dec 14 BOS 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 20:10 4:31
Dec 12 ARI 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 50.0 0 0 16:52 4:59
Dec 10 TAM@TAM 2 0 2 1 2 1 0 0 3 66.7 2 0 19:20 4:41
Dec 8 FLA@FLA 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 50.0 0 0 18:39 3:43
Dec 5 OTT 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 25.0 2 1 17:13 5:04
Dec 3 DET 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 0 20:46 3:08
Dec 1 DAL 1 2 3 2 0 0 1 0 4 25.0 1 0 19:26 4:37
Nov 30 NYI@NYI 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 20:22 4:26
Nov 26 NJD 1 0 1 -1 0 0 0 0 5 20.0 3 2 25:00 5:38
Nov 25 MIN@MIN 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 0 19:37 3:48
Nov 23 NYR@NYR 2 1 3 3 4 0 0 0 6 33.3 1 1 16:39 4:53
Nov 21 NYR 0 0 0 -4 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 0 21:40 3:07
Nov 19 BUF@BUF 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 33.3 1 0 20:24 1:36
Nov 18 NYI@NYI 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 33.3 0 0 20:07 5:00
Nov 16 WAS@WAS 0 0 0 -3 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 0 18:03 4:47
Nov 12 TOR 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 6 16.7 3 0 18:32 3:52
Nov 10 MIN 1 0 1 -1 0 1 0 0 6 16.7 3 0 20:57 4:43
Nov 8 EDM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 0 18:32 4:15
Nov 5 SAN@SAN 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 50.0 0 1 16:17 1:13
Nov 3 LOS@LOS 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 100.0 1 1 20:25 3:49
Nov 2 ANA@ANA 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 0 16:31 2:21
Oct 29 PHI@PHI 2 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 5 40.0 0 0 17:56 1:17
Oct 27 NYI 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 4 25.0 1 0 18:21 3:17
Oct 25 FLA 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 25.0 2 0 18:02 1:10
Oct 22 NAS@NAS Did Not Play
Oct 20 SAN Did Not Play
Oct 18 MON@MON Did Not Play
Oct 17 COL Did Not Play
Oct 15 ANA Did Not Play
Oct 13 WAS Did Not Play

Sidney Crosby: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Crosby was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs Sunday after the Penguins beat Nashville, 2-0 in Game 6.

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Crosby dominated in Thursday's Game 5 win over Nashville, racking up three assists in a lopsided victory.

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Crosby was the lone scorer for the Penguins in their Game 4 loss to the Predators on Monday.

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Crosby collected two first-period assists -- one on the power play -- during Monday's Game 1 win over Nashville.

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Crosby set up an even-strength goal against the Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals double-overtime win Thursday, increasing his playoff point total to 20; he's accumulated seven goals and 13 assists.

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Crosby scored a power-play goal and added an assist in Friday's Game 4 win over Ottawa.

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Crosby went minus-3 in Game 3 on Wednesday but scored a power-play goal -- the lone tally for the Penguins in a 5-1 road defeat at the hands of the surprising Senators.

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Crosby has missed the scoresheet in both games of the Eastern Conference finals and hasn't posted a multi-point showing since Game 2 against Washington on April 29.

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Crosby was on the ice for the start of practice Tuesday, Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

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Crosby wasn't eligible to be pulled from Monday's Game 6 by concussion spotters after crashing into the endboards in the first period due to a technicality in the league's concussion protocol that allows for automatic removal only if a player's head strikes the ice or another player, USA TODAY Sports reports.

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Crosby (concussion) played 19:10 Saturday and recorded an assist in a 4-2 loss to Washington.

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Crosby (concussion) is in the lineup for Saturday's Game 5 against Washington, as per CBC's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast.

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2016-17

Crosby scored only six goals and 13 assists in his first 30 games last year, sparking worry that he was starting to decline early at age 28. Pittsburgh then axed coach Mike Johnston in mid-December and promoted the organization’s AHL coach, Mike Sullivan. The move worked out in a big way, boosting Crosby’s production back to normal rates – 30 goals and 66 points over his final 50 games – and leading the Penguins to their fourth Stanley Cup championship. While his overall 1.06 point-per-game production was the lowest in 11 NHL seasons, Crosby’s improved output under Sullivan nearly mirrored his career average of 1.33 points per game. In addition to the playoff heroics that led to his first Conn Smythe Trophy, Crosby registered his second-highest shooting percentage (14.5) and even added a career-best 90 hits in the regular season. He enters 2016-17 with his potential linemates in flux. Chris Kunitz is yet another year older, Patric Hornqvist has difficulty keeping up at even strength, and the speedy Conor Sheary hasn’t proven his 5-foot-8 body can withstand the rigors of a six-month season. Nevertheless, Crosby has always found a way to rack up numbers and figures to do so once again in 2016-17.

2015-16

On the heels of his fifth 100-point season, Crosby saw his productivity fall back a bit last year, as he receded all the way to 84 points. That's still great, but not quite the scoring rate his owners have come to expect -- though he's a good bet to bounce back from an unusually low shooting percentage. There are also two pieces of good news to report. First, he made it through the season in relatively good health. Second, Crosby has received one heck of a reinforcement, as the Penguins picked up Phil Kessel to man his right wing. Those two could make fire together -- Crosby the ultimate setup man, Kessel perhaps the second-best sniper in the league today. That could mean a return to triple-digit points for Sid the ... Millenial.

2014-15

After winning his second Art Ross Trophy with 104 points in 2013-14, Crosby scored just one postseason goal in 13 games. The team revealed he played with a wrist injury late in the season, and there have been rumors he's also dealing with a shoulder injury. The star center said he'll play through the wrist pain, but there's still a chance he could undergo surgery at some point. Pittsburgh is expected to once again start Crosby with Chris Kunitz on his left wing and Pascal Dupuis on his right, but both players are in their mid-30s, with the latter coming off knee surgery. At any rate, so long as he’s healthy, Crosby will pick up points regardless of his linemates. In fact, more than one-third of Crosby's points (38) came on the power play. Most likely, Crosby will be just fine after a summer of rest, but training camp takes on added significance for him, given his questionable health status.

2013-14

With 56 points (15G, 41A) in 36 games, Crosby finished tied for third in NHL scoring despite missing one-quarter of the 2012-13 season. His primary injury -- a broken jaw -- was of the fluke variety. More importantly, he managed to stay concussion-free for the entire year. Despite playing at less than 100 percent for much of the time since the 2010 Winter Classic, Crosby has compiled 55 goals and 159 points in his last 99 games, good for a 1.61 point/game mark. In fact, he's tallied more assists (104) than games played (99) over that span. With another season removed from his concussion woes and the Pens re-signing Crosby's linemates (Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz) in the summer, the star centerman is primed for a huge campaign at age 26. He could quite easily challenge his career point mark of 120 in 2013-14 -- provided he stays healthy, of course.

2012-13

As Crosby fantasy owners are acutely aware, the star centerman missed 60 regular-season contests in 2011-12 due to concussion-like symptoms. When he was healthy, he led the NHL with a 1.68 points per-game mark, including eight goals and 29 assists in 22 games. Therein lies the rub. A healthy Crosby likely contends for his second Art Ross Trophy while a Sid with head and neck pain leads to fantasy zeros for extended periods of time. Heading into 2012-13, Crosby's reportedly feeling good and symptom-free, maintaining an excellent summer workout regimen. Risk tolerance will determine where Crosby goes in drafts for a player whose upside is nearly unrivaled. Do you feel lucky? Don't expect Crosby to last long on draft day.

2011-12

Crosby's health status is one of the hottest topics in the NHL heading into the 2011-12 campaign. A concussion short-circuited what began as a career year in 2010-11, one in which Crosby led the league in nearly every major statistical category at the time of his traumatic brain injury (TBI). With Evgeni Malkin occasionally at his side, Crosby totaled a Mario Lemieux-like 66 points (32 G, 34 A) in exactly half a season (41 games), good for 30th in the league -- tying him with the likes of Rick Nash, Joe Pavelski, and a pair of ex-Flyers, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards. Prior to suffering his TBI, Crosby rattled off a 25-game point streak which included 26 goals and 24 assists. He posted a career-best 19.9 shooting percentage and took an NHL-high 40.1 percent of his team's faceoffs (winning 55.6 percent). Crosby figures to play alongside Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz, but the organization has added several options who could see time with No. 87, including James Neal, Steve Sullivan and Jason Williams. Crosby suffered an apparent setback in April, as he dealt with headaches that were believed to be the result of a sinus infection, but the fantasy stud has since resumed skating. Crosby's ability to stay healthy will go a long ways toward determining whether Pittsburgh challenges for a fourth Stanley Cup.

2010-11

Considered by many to be the most complete skater in the NHL, Crosby went on to record 51 goals last season, allowing him to share Rocket Richard Trophy honors (most goals in a season) with Steven Stamkos of Tampa Bay. But the glory didn't stop there. When Team Canada needed someone to step up with a goal in OT play for the gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics, it was Crosby who ultimately delivered. Remember, at 23 years old, ˜Sid the Kid˜ is just that, a kid, and one who has plenty more 100-point seasons ahead of him.

2009-10

About the only area Crosby can do better is to score more regular-season goals. Last year he totaled 33 in 77 games. In the postseason, however, Crosby led the NHL with 15 goals, a rate that translates into 50 over the course of an 82-game schedule. He also has the most polished linemates he's ever had, with vets Chris Kunitz and Bill Guerin to his sides. Perhaps most importantly, Crosby joins Evgeni Malkin on the man advantage, combining for the most lethal duo in hockey. Provided the Olympic games don't wear him down or create an injury, there's no reason to think that Crosby couldn't produce career highs across the board.

2008-09

Crosby missed nearly 30 games in 2007-08 due to a high ankle sprain but still finished second in team scoring with 72 points (24, 48). The ever-improving star increased his faceoff wins to 51.4 percent, including 54 percent on the man advantage. What might he improve upon this season? Coach Michel Therrien might let him loose more often shorthanded, increasing his points total in that category. He enters this year with another mystery cast of linemates after jelling with the since-departed Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis in the postseason. It’s true that 101 skaters averaged more time-on-ice than Crosby (20:50), a point of contention between Therrien and his detractors. Nevertheless, Crosby enters the new campaign primed to contend for the Hart Trophy he won back in 2006-07. A strong playoff push -- 27 points in 20 games – reaffirmed his role as the team’s on-ice go-to guy while Evgeni Malkin had his troubles.

2007-08

Where else in hockey can a legitimate case be made that a 20-year-old kid with a $43.5 million contract is underpaid? Crosby does it all. He led the Penguins in scoring with 120 points (36/84/120), 35 more than anyone else on the team. He improves on the fly, too. Crosby failed to convert eight of his first nine shootout opportunities before lighting the lamp four times in his final six tries. He netted just four PP goals in the season's first 40 games before ringing up nine scores on the man-advantage in the last 39 contests. Atlantic Division foes have to be a bit scared by the fact that Crosby elevates his game against them. He combined for 33 points (10,23) in 15 games against the Flyers and Islanders alone. Even though the 2006-07 preseason line of Crosby, Nils Ekman and Colby Armstrong was an abject failure, Crosby didn't miss a beat. Just wait until he finds a linemate or two that can keep up with him.

2006-07

If it's true that the sky's the limit for Crosby, then there's already more than a few stars and perhaps a planet or two named after him. The youngest player ever to reach the 100-point plateau, Crosby netted 102 points (39/63) in 81 games last year. His 110-minute penalty total ranked the 18 year old first among the NHL's top 25 scorers, pleasing fantasy owners but serving notice that opponents could knock the young protégé off his game. Obstacles? There were many, but Crosby came through his rookie campaign with flying colors. A natural center, former coach Ed Olczyk slotted him at wing for the first part of the season. His most productive linemate -- Palffy -- then quit on him in January. Mario Lemieux was forced to retire once and for all with a heart ailment, and the only proven offensive weapon remaining -- Mark Recchi -- called Crosby out for arguing with refs, and then the Penguins traded Recchi. Medal-less Team Canada passed him up for the Olympics, and Peter Forsberg, of all people, labeled him a diver. By comparison, the slate is clean for Crosby in 2006. His likely linemates -- Colby Armstrong and Nils Ekman -- won't scare too many opponents, but maybe they should. Sid the Kid has a way making the best of any situation. He totaled 22 points (7/15) in his last 10 games of 2005, and narrowly missed out on catching that other rookie, Alexander something or other, in the points race (106 to 102). It might be a bit premature to say that the hockey universe revolves around Crosby, but not by much.

2005-06

The two-time Canadian Hockey Player of the Year led the CHL with 168 points (66/102) in 2004-05. The Penguins will ask a lot of the 18-year-old center, but if he handles the pressure as well as he did when he appeared on The Jay Leno Show, then the Pens should be in good shape. Born on Aug. 7, 1987, he wears No. 87 on his sweater. Wouldn't it be fitting if Crosby finished with 87 points as a rookie?

2004-05

Crosby is a bonafide superstar in waiting and may very well be the next in a long line of talents that include names like Lemieux, Lindros, etc. His on-ice vision is second to only the illustrious Wayne Gretzky and he delivers multiple-point games with his eyes closed.