How about that Sidney Crosby? He’s hanging around the top five in the league scoring race, on pace for his best point production in 10 years, tracking to be just the fourth player 35 or older to score 100 points, and it’s prompted a lot of Twitter discourse about where he sits among the sport’s G.O.A.T. tier.
So that’s the question for this week’s Roundtable. Where do you rank Sidney Crosby on the all-time player list? Give an exact number.
MATT LARKIN: For me, he slots in fifth. Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux and Gordie Howe form my all-time hockey Mount Rushmore. But if a second group of sculptures was commissioned? Sid makes the cut along with Nick Lidstrom, Dominik Hasek and Alex Ovechkin for me. Crosby checks every G.O.A.T. box: amazingly good for a long time, the best player in the world for a long time, scoring titles, MVPs and, most of all, one of the greatest clutch players ever, one of two to win consecutive Conn Smythe Trophies. Crosby is the first-line center on my “You need to win one game” team.