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Games Played: 44
Points: 66 (32 goals, 34 assists)
Consider that Crosby has missed a quarter of the season, and he's still tied for eighth in the league in scoring! He was also winning over 55 percent of his faceoffs, and the Pens were in strong playoff position when he left the ice with concussion symptoms.
Since Crosby left, though, Pittsburgh has been 13-14. This certainly builds the (obvious) case for Crosby to be one of the league's most valuable players.
But the simple reality is that he has already missed a quarter of the season and may not return until the postseason. No player has, or should, win the MVP award for half of a season's work.
Is Crosby great? Absolutely. Arguably the best player in the game. But missed games keep him off the stage.