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Monday Roundup: The Other Super Soph

Can you believe how hot Sidney Crosby is? Sixteen points (5G, 11A) in his last six games, four of which his team has won. This hot streak has vaulted him into the League's lead in scoring, pushed the Pens up to 11th place in the jammed Eastern Conference playoff race, and bloggers and the MSM alike are now comfortable asking whether or not Sid is the NHL's best player. And he may be.

But there is, of course, another super soph in the NHL, and he's been every bit as hot as Crosby. In his last six games, Alex Ovechkin has 15 points (5G, 10A), helping the Caps to four wins during that span. In fact, Alex's Caps are the hottest team in the NHL, with 15 points in their last 10 games, leaving them in sixth place in the Conference. AO may "only" be third in the League in scoring, but he is leading the League in goals, second in the League in game-winning goals, second in even-strength goals, leads the League in road goals and has eight points (including five goals) to Crosby's five points (two goals) on game-winning goals.

I keep hearing the argument about how much better Sid makes everyone around him. While undoubtedly true, ask Dainius Zubrus, Chris Clark or Sasha Semin if the same can be said about AO (and if you think that Ovie's just a goal-scorer, you obviously didn't see the pass he made on Semin's second goal against the Flyers on Saturday night).

Am I saying that Ovechkin is a better player than Crosby? No. But if we're going to start considering players who haven't even taken their teams to the playoffs as among the League's best, I just wanted to make sure all the deserving candidates are in the running.

Daily Awards
  • Hart: Sergei Brylin (2G, 2 SOG, 4 hits, 2 blocked shots)
  • Ross: Jamie Langenbrunner, Zach Parise (3 points each)
  • Norris: Kimmo Timonen (Game-winning OT goal, 6 SOG)
  • Vezina: Martin Brodeur (W, 35 saves on 36 shots against)
  • Richard: Sergei Brylin, Patrick Elias (2G each)
  • Calder: Travis Zajac (A+1, 2 hits)
  • Aiken: Kevin Weekes (L, 6 goals allowed on 28 shots against)