What can we expect from Sidney Crosby?

Updated: November 20, 2011, 6:15 PM ET
By Craig Custance

When Sidney Crosby returns to the ice against the Islanders on Monday night, his first action since a concussion knocked him out of action at midseason, he will face an adjustment period.

It's unreasonable to expect the player who left the NHL as the best in the world to return in that stratosphere. So what are reasonable expectations for Crosby when he returns?

"I've never really thought about it, to be honest, what level of play he'll be back at," Penguins GM Ray Shero said.

Shero might be the only one. The Penguins are simply thrilled that their captain is back in action, while the rest of us are curious to see exactly how long it will take Crosby to return to the player who captured our imagination while rattling off point streaks and scored goals at a pace that even the great Steven Stamkos struggled to maintain.