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I agree to a certain extent as to who Ovechkin plays with, but did you ever think Crosby is making Staal, Malkin, Gonchar and Whitney better?
Well the Pens success (especially Malkin whos amazing) without Crosby debunks that.
Ovechkin has intangibles that you just can't teach and his athletic skills are rare.
If a GM was building his team, I think he'd take Ovie over Crosby, simply because Ovechkin is showing this year what he can do with a team mostly with scrubs and average players (though Backstrom is on his way to stardom). Caps have been on a tear since Boudreau took over and would have been the third seed or higher had Glen Hanlon never dug a massive hole for our team to overcome.
No team in NHL history has ever made the playoffs with a losing record in November. The Caps will do it this year, and if we do there is no way you can't name Ovechkin the league MVP and the best player in the league. Hes put us in this situation with a new head coach and our key players struggling with injuries.
I <3 Ovie.
timd1218 wrote:Ovechkin is on a line with Semin. Next season, he will be playing with Backstrom. When Crosby still has a better season, there should not be any excuse. If Ovechkin is better then Crosby, he should make Backstrom have a better season as a Rookie.
Backstrom didn't start on the first line for a part of this season and Semin was hurt for a good part.
Ovechkin continues to score 60 goals for the first time in 12 years and lead the league in points.
Backstrom is leading the rookies in points too. So Ovie this year did pretty much everything you said