NHL Lockout: Sidney Crosby Could Be Best Player in the KHL...Ever
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Sidney Crosby is considered the best hockey player in the world.
While his teammate (and friend) Evgeni Malkin would be next in line, the dominance of Crosby throughout his career is simply astounding.
Recent reports have suggested that Crosby could be on his way to play with Malkin in the KHL.
If Crosby were to play in the KHL, it would be almost unfair.
The 'almost' is simply being nice about it. Let the statistical explanation begin.
Crosby is a career 1.403 points-per-game player, just behind names like Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Mike Bossy.
Not to mention, his career average tops those of Bobby Orr and Peter Forsberg.
The only active players that come close to him are Malkin, Jaromir Jagr and Alex Ovechkin, in that order.
Still not convinced?
Let's consider the KHL.
The most dominant player—the Sidney Crosby of Russia—is Alexander Radulov.
In 54 games played, Radulov currently holds the record for most assists and points in a regular season with 60 and 80 respectively, which is a point-per-game average of 1.481.
Will Crosby Choose to play in Russia, and Will He Cook Their Books?
Crosby's best NHL season?
His best season tops anyone who has ever played in the KHL, and it is in a more competitive league: the NHL.
Still not convinced?
Radulov has taken his chances in the NHL, playing 154 games and scoring a total of 102 points, a career point-per-game average of 0.67.
That's just making it too easy.
To all the nay-sayers regarding Crosby's health: In his most recent NHL season, Crosby played 22 games and scored 37 points—a point-per-game pace of 1.68.
On average, it was the best he's ever done in the NHL.
Now you'd better be convinced.
As for goals, that might be the only challenge for Crosby—statistically at least.
The KHL record is 35 goals in 56 games, an average of about 0.63 goals-per-game. Crosby's best is the same, which he did back in 2009-10 with 51 goals in 81 games.
If the NHL is considered to be home to the best hockey talent in the world, Crosby could be in for a treat if he chooses to play in Russia (especially with his buddy Malkin).
While threats from the NHL are making their way over to the KHL—like Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin—Crosby has already dominated them statistically.
Now, we just wait on Sid the Kid's decision.
KHL fans: hope you like Canadians. This one could potentially hold all your scoring records in just one season of play.
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