by PuckStopsHere on 03/13/13 at 01:54 AM ET
There is a new player atop the +/- ratings in the NHL. It is Chris Kunitz of the Pittsburgh Penguins or Sidney Crosby's left winger. He has a +22 +/- rating. While Kunitz is a good player a big part of his league leading +/- comes from playing with Crosby. Kunitz usually plays with Crosby except for the toughest situations where Crosby double-shifts without him.
Kunitz is a solid player in his own right. He has always posted good puck possession numbers. This has been true since his Anaheim days when he had never met Crosby. It is with Crosby that he is looking like a superstar.
Chris Kunitz is third in scoring in the NHL right now with 37 points. He has a league leading +/- rating. This is going to be the best (partial) year of his career. He has his synergy with his linemate Sidney Crosby, the best player in hockey to that for a significant part of that. The ability to make teammates into better players by playing with them is a sign a player is one of the greatest talents of all time in hockey history and Sidney Crosby is doing that.
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