Crosby and Ovechkin: The Best of the Best in the NHL

10/21/13 in NHL   |   patrickhoffman3530   |   122 respect

December 1, 2011; Washington, DC, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) skate at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsWhen Pittsburgh Penguins’ franchise player Sidney Crosby and Washington Capitals’ sniper Alex Ovechkin first entered the league in the 2005-06 season, everyone knew that they were in for a treat.

Both of these players can score, create offense in magnificent ways, make players better around them and lift their respective franchises from the bottom floor all the way to the penthouse of the NHL. Simply put, Crosby and Ovechkin not only mean a lot to the NHL as a whole, but also mean an incredible amount to their organizations.

This season, both players continue to show their teams and their fans along with the rest of the league that they are the two best players in the NHL today. We’ll start with Crosby.

In eight games, Crosby already leads the league in points with 17, goals with seven, and assists with 10. If you are counting at home, Crosby is average over two points per game.

Everyone knows that when fully healthy, Crosby is the best player in the world. Crosby came into this season with a clean bill of health and he is certainly showing that on the ice.

Not only is Crosby producing, but he is also helping his linemates, Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis, produce as well. Kunitz already has 10 points (four goals and six assists) while Dupuis has nine points (two goals and seven assists).

Crosby makes players around him better and that has certainly been the case with Kunitz and Dupuis both this season and last season. Together, they are one of the most dangerous lines in the league.

Looking at Ovechkin, it is easy to see that his performance last season has carried into this one. After leading the league in goals last year with 32, he came into this season primed and ready to do the same this year.

In the early going this season, Ovechkin is doing just that. As of this writing, Ovechkin is tied for the league lead in goals with seven as Ovechkin has been putting the puck in the net from everywhere in the offensive zone this season.

One of the main reasons why pucks are going in for Ovechkin is because of his ability to put the puck on net. In eight games this season, Ovechkin already has 54 shots, which means that he is averaging close to seven shots per game this season.

Thanks to Ovechkin, the Capitals currently have the league’s best players. Of the eight power play goals the team has scored this season, four have come off of Ovechkin’s stick.

With Crosby and Ovechkin both off to good starts, it will be fun to watch just how many points both of these dynamic players will end up with come the end of season. Not only that, but it will also be fun to watch both of these players dominate the league as its two best players.
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