DETROIT >> Sidney Crosby is running away with the scoring title, heading into play Thursday with a league-leading 91 points.
“Just like all the best players I’ve coached, elite, elite, elite competitors,” said Wings coach Mike Babcock, who has coached Crosby at two Olympics. “Drive train is second to none. He’s not the biggest guy, but he’s so thick and so powerful and a great, great skater. He gets a step on you. No different than a guy like (Jonathan) Toews, (Pavel) Datsyuk or (Henrik) Zetterberg. He’s just on another level.”
Toronto’s Phil Kessel and Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf are tied behind Crosby with 71 points.
“He’s not a rah-rah guy at all, he works,” Babcock said. “When you talk about superstars everyone thinks it’s because of their skillset. All the best ones I’ve coached – Crosby and Toews, (Nicklas) Lidstrom, Datsyuk and Zetterberg, it’s because of their drive train, their will to win, their determination, their attention to detail. That’s what makes them better than everybody else. They have an unbelievable skill set to go with it, but there’s a lot of guys with skill set that don’t have that determination that end up being good players who play on a lot of teams.”
Then asked if Crosby is the league’s MVP Babcock joked, “Who’s in the running? I’m just trying to survive here. I don’t even know. Right now I think it’s Glendening. No, I’m just kidding.”