Pretty good column here by Spector pointing out just how good young Sydney Crosby was this year, and some of the backlash he’s received. I have to admit I find it hard to imagine he was able to get 100 points on a team that lost Ziggy Palffy and Mario Lemieux to retirement; traded Mark Recchi, and watched big free agent signees John LeClair, Sergei Gonchar, and Jocelyn Thibault fail to produce. Not to mention being thrown into a leadership role when the new coach weighed the 18-year old down with an A.
Crosby won’t win the Calder as rookie of the year, but he potted 100 points in his rookie season, did everything expected of him by the moribund Penguins and was the only thing on this year’s Pens roster worth cheering for.
He’s clearly deserving of both better media coverage of these achievements and better treatment than what he’s received this season.
In short, give Sid the Kid the respect he deserves.
He’s earned it.