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?
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.
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.
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.