Gretzky, Lemieux and Crosby comparables
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04-03-2013, 09:46 PM
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Well actually a 1.35 ppg in this era is pretty much legendary-tier
But my point is that the eyetest shows that this Crosby IS better than the Crosby pre-injury. So it's not surprising that his best PPG seasons came recently. This is a better, smarter, more efficient player. So while Rhiessan was being sarcastic with his comment, he really needn't be. It IS a coincidence.
Then you have 3 legendary players because last time I checked, Malkin and Ovechkin's PPG were pretty close to Crosby's before 2010-11.
I'm not questioning the extent of Crosby's injuries or his willingness to play but I'm pretty sure that Malkin and Ovechkin have played hurt. We never really saw Crosby playing at 75% of his capability the last 3 seasons. We have seen that though with Ovechkin and Malkin. When Crosby's been in games, he's been as close to healthy as one can get. Doctors have been very cautious with Crosby and would not clear him to play if he wasn't healthy.
Maybe what I said isn't making much sense but what I'm trying to argue is that in order for Crosby to prove that he has reached a new level in his career, he has to be able to maintain a 1.50 + PPG over a full season. Even when healthy (2009-10), Crosby lost an Art Ross to Sedin of all people. Gretzky, Lemieux or even Jagr would never ever lose an Art Ross to Sedin if they were in their primes.
In order for Crosby to be compared to Lemieux and Gretzky, he has to first reach Jagr's level and stay on that level for a consistent period of time.
Jagr played at a 1.50 PPG clip or better in 6 seasons all which he played a minimum of 63 games in. That is 6 seasons of 120 + Pts clips.
So far Crosby has topped off at 120 Pts and that was a while ago too. Up until now he has failed in comparison to Jagr; Lemieux and Gretzky? Forget about it.
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