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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 ESPN.com 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.

Comments (10)

  1. Yup, Ed probably right as far as best overall. I put my vote in for Bergeron and Datsyuk. Not the best goal scorers, but they both have as much hockey sense as Crosby and are better defensively.

  2. He hasn’t been great defensively in the beginning of this shortened season, he was playing tentative. But in the last couple weeks he’s come back on in a huge way and is just about back to pre-concussion’neck injury form. He is quite strong defensively and is in full on beast mode. The passes he makes and the plays he sets up are amazing. His skating is a joy to watch. And, like the podcast alluded to the other day, his sheer desire to own the puck and complete hatred of losing put him on another level than most guys he’s often compared to. Crosby is the best.

  3. I love this website but why is this a story? Please don’t turn into TSN.ca!!!

  4. Gretzky’s up to something. Not sure what and not particularly because of this story but because along he has been popping up at games and local sports radio stations and in the media in general with abnormal frequency lately.

    What’s this guy up to…?

  5. Toews. Hard to argue with the Ws

  6. crosby has so much talents he could easily play better defence then bergeron and become a yearly selke contender.. but his defence is fine.. and also his defence is his offence… kinda like Bure.. teams were scared so shitless when Pavel was on the ice… he didnt have to play D

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