This guy gets far too much publicity and far too many accolades as both it and they pertain to his quality status in the NHL. I cannot argue that Crosby is a very good hockey player and I'm sure everyone will agree. However he is definitely not a great hockey player and by that definition, Crosby is not in the same category as Lemieux and Gretzky who were both great NHL players.
I group Crosby in the same circle which encompasses the likes of Malkin, Toews, Kane, Giroux, Tavares, Stamkos, Ovechkin and Benn. These players are very good but definitely not great as some people and certain members of the media tend to label them. In fact there are a couple in that group above who are better players than Sydney Crosby. Jonathan Toews for one is definitely a better all-around hockey player than Crosby.
Crosby's true NHL calibre status displayed its' true colors in this year's postseason as he did literally nothing for his club in six games against Washington in their recent series. I don't ever recall either Gretzky or Lemieux being non-existent or a non-factor in their teams postseason history. In any case if the Penguins two very good hockey players, Malkin and Crosby, don't begin to appear on the score-sheet beginning Monday night, their team will be non-existent in the remainder of this year's NHL postseason.