December 15, 2006

CAN'T BE BETTER THAN OLVECHKIN, CAN HE?:

Sid the Kid's hot stuff: Sidney Crosby is reminiscent of another 19-year-old who led the NHL in scoring. No. 99 (Toronto Star, Dec. 15, 2006)

He's no Gretzky.

Well, not yet anyway, but if Sidney Crosby keeps on putting up numbers like he has over his last dozen games, he'll become the closest thing to Gretzky on the stats pages since his landlord, Mario Lemieux.

Crosby, at 19 years, 128 days old on Wednesday, snatched the NHL scoring lead from Jaromir Jagr with a six-point night against Philadelphia.

In the course of two-plus magical hours, Crosby prompted a mad dash for the record books.

Turns out he isn't the youngest player to lead the NHL in scoring this deep into the season. Gretzky, in the 1979-80 season, led the scoring race in early February at the age of 19 years, 19 days.

The difference in ages, though, is about the only stat that doesn't matter in this unfolding tale of scoring stars a generation apart.

It's the sheer look of it all, a teenager performing like the Great One, the greatest player of all time. A pair of outrageously good 19-year-olds, one in the late 1970s, and one right now.

Already, the question begs: How far can this kid go?


Posted by Orrin Judd at December 15, 2006 7:54 AM
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