Sometimes I feel like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin aren't appreciated enough. This conversation also includes other greats of the NHL who don't get enough credit for what they deserve. Names that come to mind when I think of this 'type' of player are Pavel Datsyuk and Phil Kessel.
When you look at where Crosby and Malkin rank amongst the NHL's 30 best in terms of points per 60 minutes of 5v5 ice time, it's special.
My takeaways from this:
- Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Chris Kunitz. Wow.
- Crosby's actual numbers: incredible. More than 1/2 point per 60 minutes better than SECOND place in the rankings. Even more incredible when you see the gap between each of the next 28 players and the gap between himself and Malkin.
- Couldn't help but pinpoint and highlight the three players that the Boston Bruins traded. LOL.
- I guess those are my only (basic) points. Just shows how special Crosby and Malkin have been over the last seven years, but especially Crosby. You have to see how he really capitalized on his ice time given his injuries, considering he has logged 600 minutes less than Malkin. In some cases, he has logged thousands of minutes less than some players below him on the list, such as the Sedin twins.
- Bottom line: appreciate Crosby. appreciate Malkin. appreciate Chris Kunitz too.