The marvel of Sidney Crosby’s performance last season was that despite missing half the season to injury, he remained a presence on the NHL’s scoring list, hovering in the top 10 in goals scored and the top 20 in points until very late in the season, ultimately finishing 32nd with 66 points in 41 games.
Imagine if the kept that pace up and didn’t get injured. The NHL could use a guy like Crosby this season, minus the cocky looks he gives when he knows he is the best.
But looking back at his performance last season it got me thinking about other great performances by star players whose seasons were severely limited due to injury.
Heading this impressive group is Mario Lemieux, who never played a full campaign in his 17-year career and frequently missed large parts of seasons due to injury and illness – yet is among the top 10 goal scorers, assists makers and points producers in NHL history.
You will also notice another player in this list Jaromi Jagr, who is back in the NHL this season with the Philadelphia Flyers. And putting up some impressive numbers thus far into the season.
Here’s a look at the greatest seasons by injured players who finished among the NHL’s top point producers in the last 50 years:
(this is back when equipment was heavier and sticks were still made of wood)
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