More than halfway through the season, a 19-year-old kid is the NHL’s leading scorer. And something tells me Art Ross and Sidney Crosby will be tight in the upcoming years.
A couple of weeks ago I had the chance, thanks to a buddy, to go and see Sidney Crosby play at the Bell Center here in Montreal. It was an opportunity to witness in the flesh a super star in the making. Not only that, the Pittsburgh Penguins (assuming they stay put) may have a dynasty in the making in the process with the likes of Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal. Who can pass that up?
Though I have watched him play when he was in the juniors with the Rimouski Oceanique, Crosby live was everything I thought he was and more. The guy can simply flat out play. Every shift he took made me believe more and more that he was a hybrid of Wayne Gretzky’s vision and Mario Lemieux’s instinct. Despite a mix of the two legends, his style is unique to him. By contrast, his teammate Malkin looks like a Lemieux prototype.
In terms of future stars, the NHL is in good hands indeed. In other areas, well, it’s not so positive. Still, the great talent invading the league does not stop with Crosby. It continues on with Alexander Ovechkin, Eric Staal and Dion Phaneuf to name but a precious few.
Much has been said about Crosby and his whiny antics. Too many people jump on his back too quickly. The game plan for many teams is to obviously disrupt Crosby given his emotional streak. He’ll figure out how to harness this. For now, best to remember one thing: he’s 19. He’s a kid and is already dominating the league. One day he will be able to combine his determination, emotion and talent to become a champion.
Sidney Crosby has the NHL buzzing with excitement. If you’re a hockey fan, make the effort to go see him. You won’t regret it. I promise or your money back.