Do people forget 2 seasons ago? I watched close to 80 penguins games that year, Crosby was definitely looking well on his way to Lemieux and gretzky like status. It all started with a 6 point game against Philly I believe. He was 19 and scoring 120 points. Crosby always starts slow and without him being a factor last year due to injury people forget. What have you done for me lately?
I really am starting the think that Therien's system is really hampering someone like Crosby. If they don't win with this style of coach, the coach will be gone quickly. When you have 2 of the top 5 players in the world on your team, let them play. Cups are great and all, but I watch hockey for entertainment. I want to watch the best players be the best players. Don't become the NFL with incredibly micromanaged players & strategies.
Malkin can thrive a little more because his style is much more of a dangler. He can hang on to the puck forever so his teammates and the system have less impact on him. His size and reach allow him that luxury. Crosby needs more movement from his wingers, he needs a more dynamic styled system to truly thrive. He will still be a top 3 scorer as is, but with a more open style I think he puts 20-30 points between him and the rest of the league.
I am the Canadian btw.