Sid’s Struggles

Updated: November 12, 2009 at 12:11 am by Ryan Campbell


In the 2K baseball video games, when a big name player comes up to bat the crowd will often break into a chant of “MVP” or “Overrated” depending on whether they are at home or on the road. I wish that NHL 10 had this feature because I would constantly play against the Penguins at home to hear the chants of “Overrated!” reigning down on Sidney Crosby.

In the 5 games since the real MVP of the team, Evgeni Malkin, went down, Sid has no points and a -6 rating. The Pens are 1-4 in these games and have been shut out by Boston and San Jose. Prior to Malkin’s injury, the team was cruising along to an 11-2 start.

Without Malkin to worry about, opposing teams have been able to focus on Crosby and have been successful in neutralizing him. He is averaging almost 5 minutes per game on the PP over this span, and still has not been able to get the puck in the net. The mark of a great player is being able to score and win games even if you’re team isn’t very good. That is why I think Vincent Lecavalier is overrated. For the most part he scores when his team is doing well, and disappears when they are struggling. And as much as I like to rip on Rick Nash, he has been very good at putting up solid goal totals on some dismal Columbus Blue Jackets teams.

Yes I realize I am the same guy that just put Crosby at the top of the Big 50. Do not misconstrue my words. I am not saying Crosby is a bad player. He is a fantastic player, but I think it is time to drop all of the “best player in the NHL” talk when he isn’t even the best player on his own team. He is also still a fantasy force, especially thanks to all the PIMS he puts up, but keep in mind that his value is tied to Malkin much more than you might think.

Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins, Rick Nash, Sidney Crosby, Vincent Lecavalier