Is Sidney Crosby Still the NHL’s Best Player?

August 19th, 2015 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

The Hockey News' 2015-16 yearbook was released this week, and as usual, its rankings of the NHL’s 50 best players are drawing attention. The biggest surprise on this year’s list is Sidney Crosby, who falls from first place down to fourth.

Here’s the top five, courtesy of SwissHabs:

G Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens C Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks W Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals C Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins D Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks Is the Hockey News right? Has Crosby fallen off to the point where he’s no longer the best player, or worse, no longer one of the NHL’s three best players?

Let’s start by asking what the consensus wisdom of the men and women who cover the NHL is. The Professional Hockey Writers Association is far from a perfect entity, but its votes do a good job of reflecting how media members collectively view the game.

The following are the top five finishers for the Hart Trophy the last three seasons:

Crosby is the only player to draw significant support in all three seasons. He was also named ...

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