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Penguins' Crosby in elite company through 600 games

by Dan Rosen

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is in Hall of Fame company 600 games into his NHL career. Though that isn't necessarily surprising considering what he's done and what he's won, there is statistical data to back it up for anybody who might for some reason disagree.

1. Wayne Gretzky 1,451
2. Mario Lemieux 1,215
3. Mike Bossy 921
4. Peter Stastny 901
5. Bobby Orr 864
6. Jari Kurri 848
7. Bryan Trottier 830
8. Denis Savard 827
9. Sidney Crosby 825

Crosby has the ninth-highest point total (825) through a player's first 600 games in NHL history. The eight players ahead of Crosby on the list are in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Crosby is five points away from being tied for seventh.

The players ahead of him are: Wayne Gretzky (1,451 points through 600 games), Mario Lemieux (1,215), Mike Bossy (921), Peter Stastny (901), Bobby Orr (864), Jari Kurri (848), Bryan Trottier (830), and Denis Savard (827).

Crosby is 137th on the NHL all-time scoring list, but he has the fewest number of games played among the top 226 scorers.

Of the players ahead of him on the League's scoring list, Orr is the closest in games played (915 points in 657 games) to Crosby, and 117 of them appeared or have appeared in at least 1,000 games.

Crosby is 15th in points among active players despite missing 158 games because of injury in his career. He is tied for 160th in games played among active players.

Crosby has 18 fewer points that Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, who has played in 266 more games. Crosby is 26 points shy of Daniel Sedin's 851, but Sedin has played in 432 more games.

Of the active scoring leaders ahead of Crosby, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin (866 points) is the closest in games played, 134 more than Crosby.


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