Sidney Crosby v.s. Alexander Ovechkin

With the 2019 Stanley Cups Playoffs set to start tomorrow night, let’s take a look at where the Crosby-Ovechkin Debate sits as of right now.

Both starting their NHL careers in the 2005-06 season, Ovechkin would win the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year, recording 106 points to Crosby’s 102; however Sidney Crosby did become the youngest player to record 100 points in NHL history at just 18 years old to Ovechkin at 20.

Sidney Crosby:

In 943 regular season games played, Crosby has scored 446 goals, and 770 assists for 1,216 points.

Over the course of his 14 year career thus far, Crosby has recorded six 100-plus point seasons, and 9 30-plus goal seasons.

It is worth mentioning the Nova Scotia native has missed significantly more games due to concussions, and other injuries primarily in the 2011, and 2012 seasons, playing in just 41, and 22 games respectively.

Sidney Crosby’s best statistical season came in 2007 where he recorded 120 points, however he did have a 50 goal season in 2010 as well.

In the playoffs Crosby is also a game changer; in 160 games played Crosby has 66 goals, and 119 assists for 185 playoff points, along with 9 game winning goals.

Individually Sid the Kid has received his fair share of awards.

Crosby has been awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP in 2007, and 2014, the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading scorer in 2007, and 2014, the Maurice “Rocket Richard” Trophy as league’s leading goal scorer in 2010, and 2017, the Ted Lindsay Award as league’s most outstanding player in 2007, 2013, and 2014, and the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2010, and 2014.

Since being drafted first overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Crosby has won three Stanley Cups for the city of Pittsburgh, 2009, 2016, and 2017; along with being awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff’s MVP in 2016, and 2017.

Internationally Sidney Crosby continues to impress.

Crosby has won two Olympic Gold Medals for Canada in 2010, and 2014, along with winning the World Cup in 2016, and being selected the MVP of the World Cup.

In 2015 Crosby won a gold medal for Canada in the World Championships, and also won a gold medal in the 2005 World Junior Championships.

Alexander Ovechkin:

Drafted first overall in 2004, Alexander Ovechkin has played in 1,084 games, scoring 658 goals, and 553 assists for 1,211 points.

Ovechkin has scored 247 power play goals, and 107 game winning goals over the course of his 14 season career thus far.

As a winger, Alexander Ovechkin is by far a better scorer than Crosby as he racks up eight 50-plus goal seasons to Crosby’s one, however has only registered four 100-plus point seasons to Crosby’s six.

In ten playoff appearances, Ovechkin has played in 121 games, scoring 61 goals, and 56 assists for 117 points; in three of these appearances, the Capitals were the Presidents’ Trophy winners.

Like Crosby, individually Ovechkin does have his fair share of accolades.

The Great Eight has won the Hart Memorial Trophy in 2008, 2009, and 2010, the Ted Lindsay Award in 2008, 2009, and 2010, the Calder Trophy in 2006, and the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy a record eight times in 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019.

Along with this Ovechkin has played in ten All-Star Games, and finally broke the Capitals’ curse by winning the Stanley Cup last year over the Vegas Golden Knights, along with being awarded the Conn Smythe accordingly.

Internationally, Alexander Ovechkin does trail Crosby however still has had some success.

Ovechkin won the World Championships in 2008, 2012, and 2014, as well as the World Junior Championships in 2003.

This debate at times is puzzling to me because it is so obvious that these two players are such different style players, its hard to compare at times.

Crosby is a Center, and Ovechkin is a Winger obviously; however over half of Ovechkin’s goals have come from the top of the circle, and Crosby consistently proves he can not only be a goal scorer, but can also get assists and lead a team to a Stanley Cup.

From 2010 to 2018 the Washington Capitals won the Presidents’ Trophy three times and ended up being bounced by the Penguins in the Second Round in two of those years.

In Crosby’s four trips to the Stanley Cup Finals, none of his teams were the Presidents’ Trophy winners.

If I was picking my goal scorer, no question Alexander Ovechkin.

But if I’m picking a guy to surround my team around, and do more than score goals, I’m going with Sidney Crosby.

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