Dan Bylsma: Sidney Crosby is not a world’s best hockey actor — though he is a smartest

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Note: The following was excerpted from this week’s part of a ESPN On Ice podcast. Subscribe now, and check out a repository here.

Dan Bylsma still marvels during Sidney Crosby‘s estimate power.

He coached Crosby with a Pittsburgh Penguins for 6 seasons, winning a Stanley Cup with in him 2009. During that span, he watched a naturally means hockey actor turn a best of his era by his work ethic and aptitude for a game.

When Crosby struggled on faceoffs, he taught himself how to master them. Same thing with his shot quality. On a dais during games, Crosby will mangle down his possess shifts to see how to urge them.

“Sid is not a best hockey actor in a world, skill-wise. He has an unimaginable ability to take a situation, investigate it, work on it in a really tiny representation distance and urge drastically. So if he sees a play on TV a night before, and he’s like, ‘we should do this,’ he’ll go and use it 10 times and he’s got it,” pronounced Bylsma on a ESPN On Ice podcast this week.

“We speak about faceoffs and what he did with faceoffs. We speak about his shot, what he did with his shot. But there was an instance where a puck strike a finish boards, and he was nearby a side of a net, and it came out and he had a possibility to measure and he missed it. The subsequent day, he was out removing pucks to go off a finish boards, to that area and he’d make a play. He did 15 pucks and he’s got it.”

Bylsma pronounced a moves that we take for postulated from Crosby have been honed and polished by practice.

“We’ve seen him tip behind his behind and measure goals, and it’s amazing. But it’s not amazing. I’d see him do it each day. He doesn’t do 100 of them. He does 5 each day, and he’s got it,” he said.

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