It’s been quite the year for Sidney Crosby.
The centerman won his second Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins before leading Canada to a gold medal at the World Cup of Hockey. He’s back to being the undisputed best player in the world.
This season, Crosby has turned into a goal-scoring machine out of nowhere, with 21 goals through his first 26 games of the season. Always a pass-first, 200-foot player, putting the puck in the net was never the forte of the centerman.
That goal scoring streak, in a fact, has gone on for the past year now, as Crosby has piled up 51 goals going back to last Christmas, the highest total in the NHL over that span. The next-highest has been Alex Ovechkin, with 47. After that is Wayne Simmonds, at 39. It’s more than twice as many as the next Penguin in line, Phil Kessel (25).
In the 74 games he’s played going back to last Christmas, Crosby has 97 points, which also leads the way. His 46 assists are ranked 12th with Artemi Panarin and Jakub Voracek.