The face of the league cannot be an injured player. The emergence of new young stars such as Claude Giroux and John Tavares has brought light of the situation, but fans wonder if there will be another "next great one" like Crosby was touted as being.
It is doubtful that anyone will ever be as great as Wayne Gretzky was; he played in the NHL's highest scoring era and was simply better at scoring than any human should even be capable of.
Players like Crosby (and Alex Ovechkin before him, and Eric Lindros before him) have been touted as super prospects.
There might never be another Gretzky. There might never even be another Crosby.
However, there are a load of excellent forward prospects who could make a serious mark at the NHL level.