Sidney Crosby was the obvious recipient for the 2014 Hart Memorial Trophy, which, by definition, is given away to the “player judged most valuable to his team,” but, that’s just fancy for saying the NHL MVP. Crosby was the only player last season to hit the 100-point mark – he finished with 104, which beat out the second-place finisher Ryan Getzlaf by 17 points – and he also led the league in assists with 68 helpers.
Even the biggest Crosby haters will admit that he is the best player in the world, but there are still aspects of his game that are greatly underappreciated. For example, anyone who has seen him play just one game will notice how good of a passer he is, but his scoring ability is usually forgotten. Crosby sometimes ends up being only known as a playmaker, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth and his highlight reel shows the many different ways that Crosby can light the lamp.
There have been little parts of his game that have been well documented such as his amazing puck protection skills, which are only really rivaled by Jaromir Jagr, and his ridiculous stickhandling ability, but Crosby’s ability to move the puck from skate to tape isn’t matched by another player in the NHL. It’s as if he has some sort of telepathic device on his stick that draws the puck to it from any part of his body.
Crosby always has his head up and has the ability to make any defender transform into a pylon with one simple swoop of his blade. Below is his full highlight video from last season, and it’s so dirty you might have to take a shower after watching it.
Shane Darrow is an NHL writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @ShaneDarrow for up-to-date information on the NHL offseason.