(Video) PHT Extra: On the ‘nitpicking’ of Sidney Crosby

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Sidney Crosby only has 71 points in 64 games.

He may not even win the scoring race.

What a disaster!

He should probably just retire.

OK, fine, maybe Jim Rutherford is right and we’re “nitpicking” a bit.

Maybe Crosby’s numbers are down (slightly) because he isn’t “cheating” defensively and he’s more committed to playing a two-way game.

And perhaps he’s a victim of an evolving NHL, where there’s “less room” to operate and fewer power plays than there were a few years ago.

That being said, it’s no secret the NHL is a young man’s game; a league in which players are considered “genetic freaks” if they’re able to remain dominant into their 30s. At 27 years old — and with around 700 games, regular season and playoffs combined, on the ol’ body odometer — Sid the Kid is well into middle age by hockey standards.

So…are his most prolific scoring years behind him?