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Which grinder is most comparable to Sidney Crosby as a grinder?

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03-11-2014, 09:04 PM
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Which grinder is most comparable to Sidney Crosby as a grinder?

Not talking about skill, though - Which player in the past say.. 40-50 years, has the same board word skill as Crosby.

One thing that always impresses me about him is his ability to be manhandled by players on the boards and still use his skates/stick to keep control of the puck before dishing it off for some no look pass or something.

I can't remember many players from the 90's because I was younger, but from what I remember about Foppa he was able to keep control pretty well.

Anyone have their opinions? Maybe post some videos of the great grinders?

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Jaromir Jagr is still very good and strong along the boards. He'll easily keep control of the puck even if two or three guys are on him.

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Talking actual grinders, David Moss basically lived on the boards when he was in Calgary. Probably the only reason he became a regular NHLer (between injuries).

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Maybe Ryane Clowe back when he was in SJ. 100% beast.

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Yeah, I kind of wanted to talk grinders as most 'generational' or world class talents have the same abilities (though very few as good as Crosby IMO).

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Sidneyyy.

oops thought I was in GDT and Sidney just scored. sorry!

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Patrick Maroon can grind like no other. Finishing...not so much.

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Crosby has the perfect build for that board play. He's not super tall at 5'11" and weighs 200 lbs. I would imagine his legs are enormous.

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Draper and Maltby were something else in the early 2000's

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Crosby has the perfect build for that board play. He's not super tall at 5'11" and weighs 200 lbs. I would imagine his legs are enormous.
His trainer recently said crosby is 210lbs. If that's true that's a fair bit of weight for 5'11, especially considering only a handful of guys are as explosive as him

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Parise?

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Jesse Winchester was an exceptional player along the boards when he was in Ottawa.

Was pretty much the only reason he stayed a Senator for 4 seasons.

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Parise?
I was thinking this as well. Both of them seem to come away with the puck every time its in the corners.

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Nobody because he makes the skilled plays the 3rd liners can't. It's his calling card really and will be what hes remembered for after his career.

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Crosby is the modern day Jagr, so strong along the boards and nearly impossible to knock off the puck.

...Wait, I guess Jagr is the modern day Jagr

But seriously, this thread reminded me of this video, watch Sid protect the puck with one hand @ 0:45, ridiculous


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What separates Sid from most is his hand eye coordination. There are similar players that can keep puck possession along the boards but Sid makes it look more aesthetically pleasing. Not only can he fend off the defender with one arm, he can stick handle through there skates and stick in a phone booth as well. His hand eye is really amazing. It allows him to beat guys so many ways along the boards. His size and build is really perfect for the way he plays.

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Not a grinder, but maybe somewhat of an unheralded player, I'd say in terms of puck protection and coming off of the boards and creating things and using his feet to control the puck, my closest comparison would be Ulf Dahlen.

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Parise?
yep, him as far as talented players, best of all time without being a star...Ulf Dahlen.

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This one, AINEC.

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Not much of a grinder really, but Duchene is probably one of the best in the league when it comes to play along the boards and down low as well.

He's almost impossible to knock off the puck because of his lower body strength.

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Crosby is the modern day Jagr, so strong along the boards and nearly impossible to knock off the puck.

...Wait, I guess Jagr is the modern day Jagr

But seriously, this thread reminded me of this video, watch Sid protect the puck with one hand @ 0:45, ridiculous

I just want to point out that Jagr's game became solely a cycle board play game once he went to New York. Since he is no longer an explosive skater, he has learned to better utilize his size to beat guys around the boards and create chances off the cycle.

If you watched Jagr prior to 2001, he was far more inclined to play off the rush and try to beat guys one-on-one, one-on-two sometimes even one-on-three. When he once was more versatile in that he could beat you with size and speed, now he uses his size and strength much more.

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