It’s a conversation that can go back and forth for years. Whose better: Sidney Crosby or Connor McDavid? Well today we’re turning the conversation over to you. Who do you think is better Crosby or McDavid?
Here is just a quick flyby of each player’s career so far. You can read here and watch the highlights (we recommend that anyway, they’re amazing) and tell us who you think is better. At the end, we’ll put Ham’s Take on who I think is better of the two.
In his rookie season Crosby played in 81 games, collecting 39 goals and 63 assists for a total of 102 points and a -1 rating. Crosby also had a whopping 110 penalty minutes, the most in his career. Crosby averaged 20 minutes on the ice per game.
Throughout his 14 seasons in the NHL, Crosby has a total of 929 games with 442 goals and 761 assists for a total of 1203 points. Cosby’s total +/- rating is +187. Crosby has won 3 Stanley Cups, 2 Rocket Richard Trophies, 2 Art Ross Trophies, 2 Hart Trophies, 2 Smythe Trophies, 3 Pearson Trophies, and has been elected to the All-Stars 8 times.
In McDavid’s rookie campaign, the centreman played in 45 games (this was a Lockout Season) with 16 goals and 32 assists for a total of 48 points and a -1 rating. He averaged 19 minutes on the ice per game.
So far in McDavid’s 4 seasons in the NHL, he’s appeared in 273 games with 120 goals and 232 assists for a grand total of 352 points and a +/- rating of +51. McDavid has won 1 Hart trophy, 2 Pearson’s Trophies, and 2 Art Ross Trophies, in his first 4 years as well as been to the All-Stars 3 times.
Both players are phenomenal, no doubt, but there are places where stray from one another. They’re both fantastic at different things and one will do better than the other here or there but In a general scene when it comes to the game, I’m going to say Sidney Crosby.
Crosby was lucky to hit the jackpot in Pittsburgh with his team and win his first Cup 4 years in. The Oilers haven’t been able to find players that can play at McDavid’s level and get them to the playoffs. McDavid wasn’t “raised” like Crosby was with another Superstar at his side (Geno Malkin). There were some here and there, Taylor Hall, for example, and Leon Draisaitl, who is working well. But there was no bond that’s been kept and able to thrive the way Malkin and Crosby did. McDavid still has room for growth, hopefully with another player to grow with him.
Also you have to take into account that Crosby has 10 seasons on McDavid. Connor has boomed out of the gate but do did Crosby. They’re both the Albert Einsteins of hockey knowledge, both have speed and beautiful skill but there is the 10 year separation. The League is a lot different from 10 years ago, we hear it all the time. It’s faster, its younger, and it takes a lot to keep up.
What gives Crosby the edge over McDavid is that he has adapted to the change and can play fantastic at both levels. Can McDavid reach Crosby one day? Hell Yeah but for now, I’d say Crosby is still #1 on the ice (and #1 in my heart).
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