Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Crosby Apparently Meeting Expectations

According to one Scott Lauber, Sidney Crosby is meeting his expectations.

I don't know about you, but I expected Sidney Crosby to have 34 goals and 112 assists by now. Still, I'll forgive Sidney since he's forced to play with crappy linemates like Colby Armstrong and the 72-year old Mark Recchi.

From Delaware Online:
Here's the thing about being branded the second coming of Wayne Gretzky: Expectations are so lofty, so unreachable, that they're virtually impossible to fulfill.

Still, Sidney Crosby is off to a great start.

In his second season, Crosby has emerged as the NHL's best player, leading the league with 66 points (21 goals, 45 assists) in 40 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins after Saturday's victory over the Flyers.

He scores goals worthy of the highlight reels, like his recent sprawling, stick-first redirection against Tampa Bay, and he sets up teammates with precision passes. He's even adept at shutting down an opponent's top player, and he has the plus-14 rating to prove it.

All that, and Crosby doesn't turn 20 until August.

"He's probably the best player in our league now," Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Van Ryn told the Palm Beach Post. "He wants to take it to you. He wants to beat you one-on-one. He wants to make you look bad. He's just a phenomenal player."
Sidney has a +14 because he scores a lot and plays often against checking lines. Sidney is not out there defending the likes of Saku Koivu and Jaromir Jagr on a regular basis. Sheesh!

You can read the full article HERE.

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