Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin are undoubtedly two of the game's premier talents, though both are very different in their own respective rights. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals superstars have been exciting to watch year-in and year-out, beginning in their rookie seasons.
That was a huge reason for their popularity. Both of these supreme players entered the league in 2005-06, so it was easy and exciting to compare the two as they racked up the accolades. Both have accomplished a lot at young ages, and both have established themselves as the league's top guns.
But what now, as each of them are in their seventh season?
Due to their own respective problems, neither Ovechkin nor Crosby are in the league's Top 50 for scoring through this season's 30-game mark.
The NHL boasts a wealth of young talent these days—Steven Stamkos, Claude Giroux, Tyler Seguin and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have burst onto the scene to pencil in their names alongside the likes of Sid and Ovie. It's time to quit worrying so much about Ovechkin and Crosby, and start shifting our attention to the rest of the league.