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INFOGRAPHIC: Sidney Crosby is kind of important to the Penguins

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Sidney Crosby means quite a bit to the Pens. (Getty Images)
Sidney Crosby means quite a bit to the Pens. (Getty Images)

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Every year around this time there always seems to be a bit of a dilemma that creeps up in the Hart Trophy conversation, a sort of backlash. The idea: Anybody But Crosby.

For years now there has been a consensus that Crosby is the best player in the world, few disagree. Which makes it that much more amazing that Crosby only has one Hart Trophy in his collection back in 2006-07.

He is far and away the NHL's points leader again this season in the NHL, on pace to be the only player to break 100 and has been a shining constant through an injury-riddled season for the Penguins. Still, cases are being made for guys like Ryan Getzlaf, Claude Giroux and even growing support for Gustav Nyquist.

Perhaps in an effort to combat this ABC wave, or just simply to rub it in everybody else's faces how good their star player is, the Penguins made a little infographic showing what Crosby means to the Penguins this season. It's kind of impressive.

Will he win the Hart? The answer is probably a yes but it's not a slam dunk. A graphic like this only helps to convince people he's not just the best point producer in the league but the most valuable player.

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