Two first round draft picks. Two superstars. Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Both have proved they can put up points, but who would you rather have on your team?
The Case for Ovechkin:
How can you not pick anybody that can score 65 goals, and put up 112 points, and he is only playing his 3rd NHL season?! This young 22 year old does everything. He made 220 hits last season. This guy averaged 5.4 shots per game. He won the Rocket Richard trophy, the Lester B. Pearson award, the Hart and Art Ross trophies. Over 245 NHL games, Ovechkin has 163 goals, 147 assists, which all amasses to 310 career points. That means he averages a point every 8/10ths of a game. Ovechkin and Niklas Backstrom were the only two players on the Caps to reach 60 points with 69. Alexander Ovechkin carried the Capitals for the whole season.
The Case for Crosby:
Sidney Crosby is a totally different player than Ovechkin. He only has 16 less points in the same amount of seasons as Ovechkin, but many of those, unlike Ovechkin, were assists. Also consider that he has 32 less games than Ovechkin. Over 213 games, he has 99 goals, and 195 assists, which all adds up to 294 points. The 2006-07 season was Crosby's best year, when he put up 120 points, and won the NHL MVP award. Another fact that separates Crosby from Ovechkin even more, is that he has many other players that can put up points as well. Malkin this past season had 106 points. Jordan Staal, Sergei Gonchar, Petr Sykora, and Ryan Malone have all proved that they can put up points as well. Even with Malone now gone, the Penguins still have plenty of guns to back up Crosby. Crosby also was out part of the season, and Malkin carried the team. This shows that Crosby and Ovechkin play in very different situations.
Crosby and Ovechkin are both great players, but totally different types of players. I'm interested to see what your opinion on this topic is.