When Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins forward) and Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals' forward) arrived on the scene in 2005 as rookies, the league knew that they were the chosen ones to take the league to a next level. They haven't disappointed ever since. In fact, many sports fans have compared this rivalry to Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Just like Bird and Magic, Crosby and Ovechkin have made their respective organization perennial playoff contenders. Also, just like Bird and Magic, Crosby and Ovechkin have had memorable playoff encounters.
So as they enter their 9th season in the NHL, who's better? Who would you build your franchise around? Ovie possesses a power forward's game. He is strong and physical on the boards as he is willing to take a hit for an offensive opportunity. The Russian also has one of the best wrist shots in the game. Crosby, who won the gold medal for Canada in 2010 with an overtime goal, has a knack for clutch situations. Both are real good skaters, but Crosby is a bit smoother and creates separation on an offensive breakaway. The Cole Harbor native has a better supporting cast in Pittsburgh, but he makes his teammates better when he is on the ice as it's reflected on his +/- rating.
I could go on and tell you who won Hart Trophies in what year, or how many scoring titles each player one. What matters is who has made the most impact on their franchise, and on the sport, most importantly.