Sidney Crosby should be ready to reclaim his position as the best player in the NHL.
Teammate Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers and Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings may be able to give him an argument, but Crosby has been the face of the NHL and can do it again.
On the ice, Crosby has the shot, passing ability, skating speed and puck sense to dominate in nearly every game. He also has the grit to stand up for himself.
Crosby can handle himself on camera without coming across as arrogant or obnoxious. He has shown he can be a top representative for the game.
Crosby, who missed most of the last two seasons with concussion-related problems, appears fully recovered from his health problems.
Crosby is not perfect and he was frustrated by his team's play during the Penguins' first-round loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. He appeared to take a few cheap shots and embellish a few calls.
If he can stay away from after-the-whistle by-play that diminishes his reputation, Crosby should once again become the NHL's dominant star.