Sidney Crosby will go down in NHL history as being as great a leader as his idol, Yzerman, despite how much Red Wings fan furiously deny it. And I think that's beautiful :')
Yzerman played the game with class, dignity, and humble leadership. He didn’t spear guys in the groin, he never skipped a handshake line, and he didn’t whine to the refs and play the game with an entitled attitude. He could stand up for himself and didn’t require his teammates to fight his battles for him. Yzerman didn’t need the league’s help to win championships.
Crosby shows none of these qualities. He will never be Yzerman. He wouldn’t have survived the league that Yzerman played in. Yzerman would have won more championships had he not already had to come back from a devastating knee injury.
There’s only one guy known in league history simply as “The Captain”. It will never be Crosby.