During the lockout, I asked Crosby about the frustration he surely felt because he had missed so much time during his prime years. He didn’t give me a response that indicated any anger. Instead, he said the single most interesting thing I’ve ever heard a hockey player say.
I didn’t tape record it and never used it in an article. But Crosby compared himself to a horse. No, really. He explained that, some horses are injured when they’re young and actually have their best legs later in life.
Crosby then suggested that his prime could come in his late 20s or even past 30, while most great players – Gretzky, Lemieux, and Orr are classic examples – clearly peak between the ages of 22 and 28."