Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Career Year For Crosby?

Sidney Crosby has already accomplished many things in his short career.  Currently in his sixth season in the NHL, Crosby has won a Stanley Cup and an Olympic Gold Medal. In addition, he has won an Art Ross Trophy, the Lester B. Pearson Award, the Mark Messier Leadership Award, the Hart Memorial Trophy, and the Rocket Richard Trophy. He has appeared in three All-Star games.
Crosby will never be satisfied with everything in his career. He always thinks he can do better. Each summer, he works on aspects of the game that he feels he can improve in. Last season, Crosby improved his faceoff ability by winning 55.9% of his draws compared to 45.5% in 2005-06. He also had his highest goal total last season with 51 goals, which tied Steven Stamkos for the league lead. Many people have questioned what Crosby will improve this season.
Through 22 games this season, Crosby has scored 15 goals and recorded 20 assists for a total of 35 points. He and Stamkos are tied for the league lead in points. The scary thing is that Crosby is on pace for his best season in the NHL. He has scored at least a point in each of his past nine games, which is a career best. With that said, Crosby is on pace to score around 55 goals and around 130 points. That would also be a career best. If the Penguins can win a Stanley Cup with Crosby recording 109 points in 2008-09, imagine what they could do if he records 130 and continues his playoff success.  The Penguins will be getting Jordan Staal back possibly in the next month, which will provide a huge boost for Pittsburgh, who is already second in the division without having Staal a single game.
While Crosby has impressed many hockey fans already, we may have not seen the best of him yet.

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