On Sidney Crosby vs. Chris Pronger

Pronger regularly shuts down top forwards, although Crosby did well in 2009-10

Originally Published: October 29, 2010
By Tom Awad | Puck Prospectus
Getty ImagesPronger vs. Crosby is elite-on-elite; Crosby had the better of the matchups last year.

There are very few players in the NHL who are as feared, admired and hated as Flyers D Chris Pronger. He's led the league in plus-minus twice, he's helped three teams (Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers) reach the Stanley Cup finals, he's become the first D-man since Bobby Orr to win the Hart Trophy, and some think he should have been the Conn Smythe winner in both 2006 and 2007.

The real value of Pronger, though, doesn't come from the awards or the lengthy postseason runs. It comes from how many different things he can do on the ice, and how he can consistently do those things against the best forwards in the game.