Just My View 2/10/18

Plain and simple, he’s right in the argument. It’s hard to say. I mean, you just can’t accurately compare eras. I don’t think you can truthfully compare Gretzky to Lemieux. I don’t think you can compare Lemieux to Crosby. I don’t think you can compare Gretzky to Crosby. It’s just impossible to do so. Watch the goalies that Gretzky played against. It’s no wonder that no one will ever match his point total. Those goalies improved once Lemieux started playing, but still weren’t nearly what they are now. The same goes for the caliber of players. When Gretzky played their were bonafide NHL talents, but there were also plenty of guys who just got paid to skate around and punch people in the face. In today’s NHL, every player is skilled, talented and fast. I think that’s what makes Crosby so impressive to me. He is the best player in the world year in and year out among a group of players that are all talented. The talent gap between the best and worst NHLer is much smaller than a lot of people might think. It’s that little tiny bit of extra talent that makes a player great. The hard work, the smarts, the determination of Sid really shine through for anyone that watches him regularly. It’s not always the goals he scores or the assists he collects. It’s the little things that a lot of people let go unnoticed. Crosby is undoubtedly the smartest player to ever play the game.

All in all, I’d say anyone could make a case that Crosby is the best to ever play. I think Gretzky, Lemieux and Crosby are in a class of their own. Pick your favorite, a case can be made for any of the three.

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