When Sidney Crosby returned to the Penguins lineup, much discussion has been had on where he stands among the greats of the game, how he stacks up to the other players in the league, whether he is a vampire and many other issues of great importance.
Yesterday, the news broke that Sid would miss the next two Penguins games as a precaution. You can check out James Conley's article on that for more information.
While this news is not exactly great, it may not be totally unexpected. For example, when news of Sid's return broke, I wrote this article. Stay patient, Pens fans. Winning games in December is not our goal.
But back to the positive with Sid. One thing we have not been discussing is how he stacks up to the great players in Penguins history. For that discussion, I step forward to offer the following slides.
I have take then 15 players from the All-Time Team, and rather than do a simple "better than/worse than" analysis, I have tried to find similarities between Crosby and each player.
Some were easier than others, but take a look to see how he fares. Also, if you have never viewed the Penguins All-Time Team, then this slideshow will familiarize you with these greats.
As a reference point, here are Crosby's career stats.
Playoff Goals: 30
Playoff Points: 82
*Active player, totals as of Dec. 6, 2011