Sidney Crosby Better Than Ovechkin in NHL’s Great Debate

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Nov 20, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8) an Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) follow the puck in the second period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

During the past 11 years, many have weighed in on the Sidney Crosby – Alex Ovechkin debate of “who’s better?” It seems we have a clear winner already, but there’s still time to add more fuel to this debate.

Since the start of the NHL, there has been multiple player comparison rivalries. Players like Gordie Howe vs. Maurice Richard or Wayne Gretzky vs. Mario Lemieux come to mind.

Now, for the last 11 years, it’s been Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin. Which makes for one of the greatest debates in this generation. While one is known for scoring and hitting, the other is known for his leadership and playmaking. So, we’re dealing with a completely different set of elements in determining who the better overall player is.

Sidney Crosby

Drafted 1st overall in 2005 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Crosby became an instant threat in the NHL. When he posted a 168 point season during his last year in the QMJHL, everyone, including Gretzky thought he was going to be the one to break all the records.

In his first season, he posted 102 points finishing second in rookie scoring behind Ovechkin. The next year he would be handed the captaincy and would start to make history. He would then put up three 100+ point campaigns in the next 4 seasons. As well as one more in 2013-14. And his list of accomplishments didn’t stop there.

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