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11-22-2012, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by SaintPatrick33 View Post
Here again, though, I think there's a temptation to overrate Crosby based solely on the "wow" factor. We're talking about a player who's cracked the 50 goal mark ONCE in his career. He's gotten better than 70 assists ONCE in his career. Take a look at someone like, say, Joe Sakic during the DPE: Crosby's seasons where he didn't miss many games his yearly totals aren't much different from Sakic's.
I couldn't care less about raw goal or assist totals. That Crosby only cracked those barriers once each is a reflection of his era more than his ability. If you want to look at goals, Crosby leading the NHL in that category is much more impressive than any of Trottier's goalscoring exploits. You could also argue that Crosby finishing top two in assists with his plugs is more impressive than Trottier's high finishes with Bossy on his wing. I don't know what your point is with Sakic, Crosby's point placements (or projected point placements) are generally better than his.

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