Earlier today, the NHL announced its three finalists for the league’s most valuable player this season. Pittsburgh Penguins captain, Sidney Crosby, is among John Tavares of the New York Islanders and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.
Crosby is arguably having one of the best years of his career with the Penguins despite missing some time due to a broken jaw he suffered after being hit in the mouth with a puck shot by teammate and Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik. It will most likely be debated that Crosby is surrounded by talented teammates whom help him make Pittsburgh a great team; however, its entirely the opposite. Crosby makes the players around him better and is that not what a valuable player does for his team?
What’s more impressive is that during Crosby’s time recovering from a broken jaw, he remained in the scoring lead for weeks before any other players caught up to him. He still was the league leader without even being on the ice. His stats are just as impressive tallying 56 points (15G, 41A) in the 36 games he’s played this shortened season.
The Hart Trophy isn’t the only award Crosby is in the running for. Yesterday, he was also named as a candidate for the Ted Lindsay Award as well, which is awarded by the National Hockey League’s Players Association (NHLPA) to the league’s “most outstanding player.” He is a finalist along with Ovechkin and Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning. To round out his week, Crosby is also featured on the cover of the most recent issue of Sports Illustrated.