The Alex Ovechkin-Sidney Crosby debate will never die, but for the players, the answer is simple: Great 8.
The players felt that that Ovechkin was the clear-cut best player in the NHL today. Even though Crosby has a Stanley Cup and Olympic gold medal under his belt, Ovechkin dominated the polls.
It wasn't even close, actually. Ovie took home 64 percent of the votes, while Crosby came in second, tallying 24 percent.
In my opinion, the players got this one dead on. Ovechkin is simply electric and one of the most prolific goal scorers the NHL has seen since Mario Lemieux in his prime.
Ovechkin has taken the NHL by storm with his play since his rookie season in 2005 when he won the Calder Trophy.
This vote wasn't a surprise since the players have voted Ovechkin the most outstanding player two years in a row, as he's won the Lester B. Pearson award in consecutive years.
He's also won the last two Hart Trophies, the last two Rocket Richard Trophies and was the Art Ross Trophy winner in 2008.
Not a bad resume, huh?
All Ovechkin is missing is a Stanley Cup ring, which he has a great opportunity to get this year as the Capitals hold the best record in the NHL.
Ovechkin is currently tied for the league lead in goals and is one point behind Henrik Sedin for points, which would land him another Rocket Richard and Art Ross Trophy.