Being the "face" of an entire professional sports league isn't easy. Just ask Sidney Crosby how the last two years have gone. Concussion and neck injuries have kept the NHL's most recognizable player out of the lineup for all but 63 games over that stretch.
However, optimism is abound in Pittsburgh coming into this season because Crosby is and has been at 100 percent. The thoughts and fears that his setbacks were solely from post-concussion syndrome were averted when it was discovered that a neck fracture is what was actually slowing his recovery.
With the start of the 2012-13 season only a little more than two months away, let's look at 12 predictions for his upcoming season.