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Better Know A Penguin: Sidney Crosby

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Alright, so I know just about nobody on this planet needs to get to know Sidney Crosby. He's everywhere in large part because the NHL doesn't really know what it's doing when it comes to marketing star players and, okay, mostly because he's incredibly talented. (Stupid) debates about his leadership and character aside, Crosby is an absolutely phenomenal player and will be a handful for the Sharks defenders.

Name: Sidney Crosby

Number/Position: #87 / Center

Born: August 7, 1987

Birthplace: Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia

Height: 5'11"

Weight: 200

Shoots: Left

Drafted: First round (First overall) 2005

Assets

Sees the ice and anticipates the play exceptionally well. Can blow by defenders with electric quickness. Possesses a strong lower body and is an awesome passer. Leads by example. Is feisty and gritty. Wins face-offs. Is particularly strong on his backhand side, which is a rarity.

Flaws

Is somewhat prone to injuries, especially to his lower body (and concussions), which is a direct result of his full-throttle approach to every game. Therefore, his concussion situation must be monitored for the rest of his career. Could stand to play at different speeds (but isn't as good).

Career Potential

Elite franchise center and all-round superstar.

(Assets, Flaws and Career Potential via The Hockey News player page)

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Team Possession Chart

(courtesy of war-on-ice.com)