PITTSBURGH Sidney Crosby looks back on his first 500 NHL games just like a large amount of other individuals.
"I'd probably look into the number of I mi sed," Crosby said Thursday, while technically still on No. 499. "It's been great. It is going by quick."
Coach Dan Bylsma said Buffalo Sabres Blank Jersey more bluntly: "He's getting old, I, during the league. He's getting upward in age."
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Say Old Man Crosby kept the interest rate he mounted in the first 41 games of 2010-11, leading to a start of his concu sion ordeal. Can it be likely? No. Might it be impo sible? Another no. He'd have wound up with 41 more games played, 32 more goals and 34 more a sists, bringing him to the total of 132 points (64 goals, 68 a sists) in 82 games. That would've been just about the most points in just one season since Mario Lemieux's 161 in 1995-96. Steve Downie Jersey
What if he kept the identical a sist and shooting New York Islanders Jersey pacehe had 161 shots when his season endedbut his percentage dipped from 19.9 to his career mark of 13.9 for any final 41 games? You might be examining a 54-goal, 68-a sist season. Not shabby, either. That's 41 more games, 22 more goals and 34 more a sists than he'd have.
The pick up, inside our universe, Crosby's symptoms wouldn't have existed. He wouldn't happen to be turned off again after a few games. He wouldn't have fallen back at something only full strength and gradually totaled eight goals and 29 a sists. Would he have another 322-shot, 19.9 %, 132-point season in him? Probably notbut it's fair to call that his ceiling. That'd net him 56 more goals and 39 more a sists that aren't currently on his stat line.
David Perron Jersey Let's say he slid down again towards a 17.1 shooting percentage (that's where he was for the entire 2009-10 season, actually), fired 300 shots and, again, stayed through the 60-a sist range. That'd put him at 51-60-111. That's 43 more Ted Lindsay Jersey goals, 31 more a sists and, were he to play a full season, 60 more games.
We'll a sume the lockout was inevitable simply because it probably was. We'll also ignore both of the time he mi sed by using a ankle sprain in 2007-08 brilliant broken jaw last season for simplicity's sake.
So, suppliers, Crosby's 500th game should've consist of late January 2012. He mi sed 101 games strictly simply because of concu sion-related i sues. Playing those games at his "ceiling" to this date during his career would've meant 88 more goals and 73 more a sists (161 points). A far more conservative estimate, particularly simply because it refers to his shooting: 65 goals and 68 a sists (133 points).
So, during an alternate, David Steckel-free world, Crosby is playing in Game No. 601 on Thursday, and somewhere on his approach to 900 points. While it stands, he's at 499 and 703. Not as shabby hardly quite what could've been. And Edmonton Oilers Jersey then he knows it.