Western Conference (NHL)

Crosby, McDavid top list of NHL players to watch this season

Sidney Crosby, coming off Stanley Cup and World Cup of Hockey titles, has to top any list of NHL players to watch this season.

The Pittsburgh Penguins superstar may never approach the 36-goal, 120-point season he had a decade ago when he won his first of two Hart Trophies as NHL MVP. Crosby can, though, strike a balance between being patient with the puck and aggressive with or without it when needed.

"He just wins," said Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock, who has coached Crosby at the Olympics and World Cup. "Sid is unbelievable."

Crosby has been diagnosed with a concussion and his availability with the season coming up fast was unknown...