Comparing Crosby to legends at age 30 –

Sidney Crosby turned 30 on Monday, and it is remarkable how closely his scoring totals compare to those of Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr at the same age, and how they’re not terribly far behind those of Wayne Gretzky, the NHL’s all-time scoring leader.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins center has 1,027 points (382 goals, 645 assists) in 782 NHL games. That doesn’t appear to be particularly notable because there are 11 players who had more points than Crosby prior to their age-30 seasons, including Gretzky, who had 1,979 (677 goals, 1,302 assists) in 847 games; Lemieux, who had 1,211 (494 goals, 717 assists) in 599 games; and Jagr, who had 1,158 (470 goals, 688 assists) in 875 games.

This count is based on a search at, which defines a player’s age-30 season as the one when he turned 30 on or prior to Feb. 1. Because Gretzky turned 30 on Jan. 26, 1991, he deserves credit for the first part of the 1990-91 season, when he had 93 points (29 goals, 64 assists) in 48 games, for a total of 2,072 points (702 goals, 1,366 assists) in 895 games. Jagr, born Feb. 15, 1972, should have the portion of his 2001-02 scoring that occurred after his 30th birthday removed, which is 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists) in 23 games, for a total of 1,130 points (457 goals, 673 assists) in 852 games.

However, with the exception of Jagr, the players ahead of Crosby did the bulk of their scoring in the 1980s, when NHL scoring rates were much higher. If they had been playing in Crosby’s era, they likely would have scored fewer points.

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