Sidney Crosby Rated ‘Most Complete Player’, ‘Best Role Model’ by NHLPA Membership
This time of year, a fun thing on the internet is a poll released by the NHL Players Association on a ton of different topics their members are speaking on.
Sidney Crosby has seen his name appear a few times in the results. Crosby placed a distant second to Connor McDavid in the “If you have to win a game, who’s the skater you want on your team?” at 42.4% to 17.3%. The answers were recorded ahead of Tuesday’s Edmonton/Pittsburgh game, but presentations like this, in which McDavid scored four points, demonstrate why he is held in such high regard by his teammates.
Crosby, however, finished in first place for the “Who is the most complete player?” question, winning 29.5% of the vote to beat Florida’s Aleksander Barkov and Boston’s Patrice Bergeron.
A very impressive victory for Crosby was the question “Which NHL player is the best role model?” category, where the captain of the Penguins obtained 42.7% of the votes. The second, Bergeron, was far behind in single digits (9.8%). It really shows the level of respect Sid commands among his peers.
Crosby didn’t finish among the top vote receivers in the “top passer” category, which seems like a curious omission, but after all the other spurts NHL players made, they might have been ready to pass. to other targets.
Another very interesting answer from the NHLPA came during a question and answer session from Marc-André Fleury.
Fleury could have thrown in and made a fun joke with Bill Guerin (his current Minnesota Wild general manager) or even Alex Goligoski, who Fleury played with in Pittsburgh and Minnesota currently.
Instead, Fleury chose his good pal Sid. The two were always very close in Pittsburgh, including constant rowmates on buses and planes over the years.
Fleury is a free agent this summer. He also didn’t want to be traded to Washington this spring, for the potential to play against the Penguins. Pittsburgh has only one NHL-caliber goaltender (Tristan Jarry) under contract next season. Could Fleury get his wish of wanting Crosby as a teammate again in the future?…Stay tuned…