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Crosby is undoubtedly one of the best players in the NHL right now.
Early season predictions:
Tallying 69 points in a 48 game is a lofty prediction for any NHL superstar. “Sid the Kid” has managed to blow those expectations right out of the water.
Just beyond the halfway point of the season, Crosby has scored an astonishing 45 points. He has 14 in the first five games of the month alone!
He’s scoring goals at about the same pace I predicted he would, but his chemistry with Kunitz and Dupuis, along with his power-play production, have made him the NHL’s single best playmaker.
Through his first 26 games of the season, Crosby has totaled 33 assists. He’s propelled Kunitz, who is in second place for goal scoring, into the race for the Maurice Richard Trophy.
His 13 power-play assists have also played a part in the Penguins’ top-tier power play. He’s helped make Neal and Kunitz among the most lethal scorers on the man advantage.
“The Next One” has been scoring at an unbelievable pace, even by his standards and has been consistent in doing so. He’s notched a point in all but five games this season.
It seems nothing can slow down the Crosby-fueled Penguins. At this point, he appears to be a clear favorite for the Art Ross and Hart trophies.
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