Best in the Universe?

A question that gets asked quite a bit. Who's is the better player? Alex Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby? Possibly the best players of their time, but who is better? The best way to answer this controversial questions is to look at the numbers.

  • Alex Ovechkin: Ovechkin was drafted first round, first pick by the Washington Capitals back in 2004. His rookie season he proved to be a great asset to the Capitals, scoring 52 goals and contributing 54 assists to total a stunning 106 points in 81 games. Ovi would continue to prove his worth to the Capitals as well as show the world that he was a natural born goal scorer, scoring a career high 65 goals in his 2007-2008 season. His leadership on and off the ice would only aid in the Capitals decision of naming him captain in 2010, at the age of 24; this made him the second youngest captain in Capitals history. Ovi made his way into the history books in his 2013-2014 season in the game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, December 20, where he scored on an empty netter to mark his 400th goal. It took him 634 games, making him the sixth fastest player in history to reach such a remarkable milestone.
  • Sidney Crosby: Crosby was drafted first round, first pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins back in 2005. Unlike Ovechkin, Crosby is more of a playmaker rather than a sniper/goal-scorer. His rookie season Sid had 39 goals and 63 assists to total 102 points in 81 games. Sid would continue to aid the Penguins' snipers by feeding them assist after assist. Sid would guide the Penguins to the Stanley Cup Playoffs during his sophomore season. Crosby's display of leadership and motivation would undoubtably prove to the Penguins that he should be named captain in 2010, at the age of 19; this would make Crosby the youngest captain in NHL history. Sid is 143 goals away from reaching 400, however it has only taken him 507 games to reach a stunning 459 assists.

As they say, the numbers don't lie. In this case, the numbers show that Ovechkin is the better player, regardless of being drafted one year earlier than Crosby. Personally, I agree with the numbers. Ovechkin is a solid, natural born hockey player who knows how to score goals as well as set up goals. Ovi is also a player who knows how to keep his cool and respect the fans, teammates and management, opponents, and the refs even if the call is somewhat controversial.