Wayne Gretzky Says Sidney Crosby Is NHL’s Best Player over Connor McDavid

December 8th, 2016 by Scott Polacek Leave a reply »

Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid has taken the NHL by storm early in his career, but his team's partner and vice chairman doesn't think he has surpassed Sidney Crosby as the league's best player.

Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky compared the two Thursday, giving the nod to Crosby, per Craig Custance of ESPN.com: "Sid is still the best player in hockey. That's a mantle you earn over time. It's one of those things where you have to earn that title."

It is a testament to McDavid's overwhelming ability that Gretzky was even asked the question.

The 19-year-old leads the NHL with 36 points and has the 14-10-4 Oilers atop the Pacific Division after a last-place finish in 2015-16.

Crosby isn't just resting on his laurels, though. He's in the top five in the NHL with 27 points and is tied with Winnipeg Jets playmaker Patrik Laine for first in the league with 17 goals despite playing eight fewer games than McDavid because of a concussion.

Still, Gretzky pointed out Crosby's past accomplishments when explaining his reasoning for ranking the Pittsburgh Penguins' leader as the league's best player, pe ...

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