Wednesday, October 19, 2005

McKeens: Crosby Steals Show

McKeens Hockey, the reputable scouting magazine/website, offers up their first-hand scouting report of Sidney Crosby and some of his Penguins teammates.

Displayed strong chemistry with linemates Mark Recchi and Zigmund Palffy .. always seems to know where his teammates are on the ice .. received a hard pass on his backhand which he deftly brought to forehand and delivered a beautiful saucer pass to Recchi on a 2-on-1 .. communicates well with his teammates .. thrives in the offensive zone with his quick feet combined with a special ability to disguise his actions .. actually has more time than he thinks, yet is still also very patient with the puck .. boasts blinding outside speed .. cuts low to the ice, combining twists and turns to elude defenders .. constantly intercepting passes with his anticipation, active stick and closing speed that can unsettle the opposition .. strong and aggressive on the forecheck .. took an interference penalty for bulling over Toni Lydman with a shoulder check and showcasing his remarkable strength and balance .. a highly-intelligent player always thinking on the ice .. consistently making smart decisions with or without the puck, demonstrating the little subtleties that make him special .. so strong on his skates and can make moves at top speed .. still lacks upper-body strength though as he gets muscled off the puck at times, however, at just 19, he should dominate that much more once he fills out .. will need time to get a better understanding of what both his teammates and the opposition are capable of .. so far, he's been as good as advertised while making a smooth pro transition

Full article here.

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