Ottawa Senators v Pittsburgh Penguins

If you watched Sidney Crosby play against the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night, or were fortunate enough to see him play in person, you most likely walked out of the building talking nothing but how good Sidney Crosby really is.

In the mind of  “The Great One”, Wayne Gretzky, who watched Crosby play in Toronto, he told ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun he’s the best all-around player in the game today.

“The thing about the game of hockey is that there’s always a lot of good players,” Wayne Gretzky told Saturday. “Whenever a crop of guys goes through, we always wonder who will take the next step and sort of carry the mantle. You look throughout the league, you see guys like Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in Anaheim, Steven Stamkos in Tampa, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin. I’ve always been partial to Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk in Detroit – they’re pretty solid hockey players.”

“But in my mind, I don’t think there’s any question Sidney Crosby is the best all-around player in the game. His hockey sense is so strong and so solid, combined with his God-gifted talent of being able to see the ice, see the entire picture in front of him. And, most importantly, I don’t care how good you are, if you don’t have a work ethic, it doesn’t matter. There’s no question that each and every game, he’s one of the hardest-working guys on the ice. In my mind, he’s the best player in the game today.”

So far this season, Crosby has recorded 12 goals and 28 assists in 25 games.