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This one wasn’t a very hard decision. Out of the past five seasons, Crosby finished atop the goals-scored category three times for the Penguins. It’s also fair to say he could have made it five in a row had he not missed 60 games in 2011-12 due to concussion-related symptoms and only played in 36 games in 2012-13 due to the lockout.
As the best player in the world, you are expected to be in the running for the lead when it comes to stats like points, goals and assists. Crosby did just that last year, finishing seventh in goals in the league and first on the Penguins with 36. And don't forget, he was also first in both assists (68) and points (104) in the entire league.
After coming off such a successful season in which he won the three of the most coveted awards that the NHL can bestow on a player (Art Ross Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award, Hart Memorial Trophy), Crosby will not be slowing down.
He won’t hit the 50-goal mark because he will still be getting used to the new look on offense, but he will get closer than he did last year thanks to some weak competition in the Metropolitan Division. It is safe to say, however, that he will lead the Penguins once again in the goals category.