Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said a few months ago that Oiler’s center Connor McDavid was the best player in the league. Despite this, the majority of NHL players disagree as an anonymous survey and report created by The Athletic reports 48% of players think it is Crosby. The honor comes in a year where Crosby has seemingly struggled but still flashes moments of brilliance. See Below:
Other players mentioned in the discussion includes Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruin’s Patrice Bergeron, Florida captain Aleksander Barkov and the Tampa Bay Lighting’s Nikita Kucherov. McDavid placed second in the voting with 25%. No other Penguin player received a vote.
The other questions polled by the Athletic include goalie that players would want in game seven of the Stanley Cup Final, head coach players want to play for, most overrated player, best fans, and most preferred road destination for players. Matt Murray was a surprising snub in the goalie category, and Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan wasn’t regarded as one of the top player’s coaches in the polling. Former Penguins goaltender Marc Andre Fleury did place in the voting for game seven goalies with 16% of the vote.
Thankfully, No Penguins placed in the polls for most overrated player and coach players least want to play for. Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban and Columbus coach John Tortorella topped those lists, respectively.