Players’ Vote Crosby Big Honor, but Not Best Dressed
Move over, TMZ. The NHL Players Association is out with its annual player poll, where we get a peek at what the players think of each other’s fashion style. Oh, and their skill. Penguins fans can note that Sidney Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins captain, makes a couple appearances.
But not in the fashion department.
In the annual poll, which included responses from 626 NHL players, there are 14 topics covered.
As the only Penguins player who finished first among any of the responses, Crosby was voted the league’s most complete player, earning 30.1 percent of the vote on that question, with Boston’s Patrice Bergeron second at 18.8 percent. We will add here that there’s really no other acceptable response if you have watched Crosby this season or in any of his previous campaigns.
It is the fourth straight season in which Crosby has won or tied for the top spot in the complete player category.
Crosby, with 11 percent of the vote, finished second to Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (59.3 percent) in the question, “In a must-win game, which forward do you think would be most impactful?”
An old Penguins friend, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury of Minnesota, was voted the best guy in the locker room. There must have been a wide array of answers; Fleury won with just 3.8 percent of the vote. No. 2 in that category went to another old friend, Phil Kessel of Vegas, with 2.7 percent. Nice guy. Tries hard. Loves the game.
Fleury also finished third in “If you need to win one game, who is the goalie you would want on your team?” Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy, was the runaway winner with 52.3 percent of the vote. The Rangers’ Igor Shesterkin was second at 4.8 percent. Fleury got 4 percent.
You can view the results here.