No: 59 % (56 votes)
Yes: 41% (40 votes)
Originally I said I would pose a simple yes or no question each week, but I realized after that there was no point in limiting it to those kind of questions. I’ll try and do these when the Devils have a few off days in a row.
This week my question is: If you could start your franchise with either Sidney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin, who would you choose?
Now I can imagine who most of you might take and that probably has to do how this board perceives Crosby. You know…the golden boy who whines all the time. I also would imagine that with Crosby injured and Ovechkin tearing up the league…he might be the sexier pick.
Here is the stat breakdown:
2005-2006 39 goals, 63 assists, 103 points
2006-2007 36 goals, 84 assists, 120 points
2007-2008 20 goals, 43 assists, 63 points (Adjusted points due to injury: 78 points)
2005-2006 52 goals, 54 assists, 106 points
2006-2007 46 goals, 46 assists, 92 points
2007-2008 48 goals, 30 assists, 78 points
This one is a really tough one. Both players have talent that we haven’t seen in a long time. Ovechkin is a better scorer at this point and Crosby is a better playmaker. I have to admit that I was a little disappointed in Crosby’s season before the injury. I really expected him to get closer to 140 points.
I have to give credit to Ovechkin because I really didn’t think he would put up comparable numbers to Crosby after his rookie year. I just thought he was more polished and had played at a higher level than Crosby before coming into the NHL (Kind of like how Carmelo Anthony had as good as a rookie season after coming out of college as LeBron James did after coming out of high school...if anyone gets the basketball reference) But he really has taken into a new level this year putting his entire team on his back each night. Originally I picked Alfredsson to win the Hart and I still think he really could as the Sens are 1-10 when he has been out of the lineup over the last two years., but I think I’ll give the edge to Ovechkin now.
After thinking long and hard over this…I’m going with Crosby. I think his upside his higher. I think with his style of play (he plays physical but not as physical) will allow him to be healthier over the long run. Crosby also makes everyone around him better. I have said this before and I’ll say it again -- if he didn’t play with such scrubs over the past few years and especially last year I think he could have had 40-50 assists more to his name. The passes he makes are incredible and it allows these crappy 4th line players become 25-30 goal scorers. I’m also banking that his goal scoring will improve and that he’ll become a 45-50 goal scorer soon.
The bottom line is whomever you pick, you’ll be in good hands. It’s like choosing between Gretzky and Mario or Bird or Magic (Another basketball reference) It’s going to be fun watching these guys go head-to-head over the next 10+ years.
Edited by devilsrule33, 14 February 2008 - 04:59 PM.