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If you didn't know who the top two would be in this countdown, go back under your rock now.
Call me biased here, but postseason success is the main reason why I put Crosby as the top player on this list.
Crosby is currently the youngest captain in the NHL. He took over leadership of the Penguins when he was just 19 years old and succeeded Mario Lemieux.
In his rookie year, Crosby broke two of Lemieux's franchise records for points by a rookie with 102 and assists by a rookie with 63. He is also the youngest player to record more than 100 points in a season and two consecutive 100 point seasons.
After losing the Calder Trophy to Alexander Ovechkin in 2006, Crosby won the Art Ross Trophy in 2007 after posting 120 points. He became the youngest player to win the award and also won the Hart Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Award.
In 2009, he helped the Penguins to the Stanley Cup and had 19 points in 13 playoff games. He was the youngest captain in NHL history to lift the Cup.
Crosby participated in his first Olympics this year. He was an alternate captain for Team Canada at various points of the tournament and scored the gold medal winning goal in overtime of the final game.
In 81 regular season games with Pittsburgh this year, he finished with 109 points and won his first Rocket Richard Trophy after posting 51 goals. He tied with Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning to share the award.
Crosby has also been named to three straight NHL All-Star Games from 2007-2009, but could only play in the 2007 game due to injury the other two years.
Check out Crosby's goal that won Canada the gold medal:
(Sorry for not embedding this...couldn't find a video that would let me do it.)