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"I got very lucky that I got on the same team with Sidney Crosby. I don’t know why many underrate his talent, say that he is ‘over-promoted,’ that he has been talked about since he was 14. To me he is the No. 1 player in the world. I won’t say why other players are not as good as he is; to me he is the best. I played with a lot of guys. Crosby gives 200 percent every time, whether it is a practice or a game. To me it was a huge example when I came to Pittsburgh. I had never seen such a worker. Moreover, Sidney participates in every team meeting, films commercials, gives a lot of interviews. He does it for the team, in the first place." — Evgeni Malkin speaking candidly in a Russian interview, 2010 [x]