Alex Ovechkin is the Man

Tuesday, 4 March, 2008

Hold on one cotton-pickin’ minute! Why are so many people unaware of the obvious when it comes to the very best player in the NHL when it’s as obvious as the sky is blue? There is no debate necessary, and it’s a waste of time to do so. Alex Ovechkin is the best player in the NHL, bar none.

“But, dude, what about the Penguins? Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin?”

“Well, Sid the Kid and Malkin are absolutely awesome. But, Ovechkin is something else.”

“Are you kidding me? Sid the Kid does it all! He scores and makes passes to set up teammates.”

“Yes, that’s correct. He’s fantastic. Ovechkin does those things also.”

Now, when comparing Ovechkin and Crosby, it’s the stats you can take a lot from. Crosby has a few less points than Ovechkin, but in fewer games. As of this morning, Crosby has 285 points in 206 games. Ovechkin has 288 points in 240 games. Crosby has the edge here because he has more points in fewer games. This is very misleading because Ovechkin has not had the supporting cast around him until this year. His point total would be much higher than it is if the cast around him was equal to the quality of players Crosby plays with.

Crosby has had great talent on his squad for all of his short career. Ovechkin has really not had the dependable teammates around him until this year. There is a similarity between the two in regards to their supporting cast. Both have Russian scoring machines in Malkin and Alexander Semin (Washington). These guys really rack up goals for themselves and assists for Crosby and Ovechkin from all of those goals.

Don’t get me wrong, people. Sid the Kid is freakin’ phenomenal. He’s the reigning MVP of the league, the first overall pick in the 2005 draft, and was tearing it up before being injured a couple of weeks ago. Both have excellent credentials with the awards they’ve already won. Ovechkin, 2005-2006 Rookie of the Year and first overall pick in the 2004 draft, is a super-talented player who has no equal when it comes to goal-scoring and carrying his team to wins. Alex Ovechkin is the man.

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