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Alex Ovechkin tops Sidney Crosby in players' poll

Mar 30, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

ovechkinespn.jpgAdmittedly, I “slept” on the results from ESPN’s Confidential Players poll for a bit, but after hearing some complaints about the answers being restricted by “Insider” status on Twitter I thought I’d share some of the more interesting results. (Yes, I am an Insider. Yes, I paid for it myself.)

Now, naturally, all the results can be found here (although I must warn you that there will be laborious clicking since every answer is within its own link).

Anyway, here are some of the highlights of the poll. First, I’ll start with the more “typical” questions.

Best Player

  1. Alex Ovechkin (64 percent)
  2. Sidney Crosby (24 percent)

Ovechkin nearly tripled Crosby’s results. Interestingly enough, Roberto Luongo was named the league’s most overrated player (although he only received 6 percent of the votes).

Best franchise

  1. Detroit (60 percent)
  2. Pittsburgh (14 percent)

Jeez, the Penguins are getting second place often enough that I have to check and see if Marian Hossa is back on their roster. (Phoenix was named the worst franchise, for the record.)

Should the NHL contract teams? If so, which one?

  • No: 48 percent
  • Yes: 38 percent (and if yes: Atlanta received 41.3 percent while Phoenix received 31 percent.)
  • No comment: 14 percent (Boo that isn’t a fun answer.)

OK, now for a few fun ones.

  • John Tortorella won the “last coach you’d want to play for” award in front of former coaches Mike Keenan and Ken Hitchcock. Somewhere in Russia, Nikita Filatov smiles.
  • Edmonton and Montreal apparently have the best ice. Want bad ice? Just go to the state of Florida.
  • The Minnesota Wild have the best visitor’s locker room, while the relatively ancient Mellon Arena is found to be the worst. Do hockey teams really want to be that accommodating, anyway?
  • Montreal’s groupies are apparently the best. Vancouver comes in second. Have some pride, American groupies!
  • Derek Boogaard was named the best fighter while Chris Pronger was named the dirtiest player.

(Again, for more results, click here. You will need an “Insider” subscription, though.)

  1. Birdie17 - Apr 6, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    Ovechkin topped Crosby for best player- that’s really no surprise at all.

  2. jl - Apr 19, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    ovechkin is a beast. no way crosby will ever be close to as good as him. go caps

  3. burgher48 - Apr 26, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    We Pittsburghers are known for being blunt and direct. Who has the best post season record; the team that Ovechkin plays on, or the team that Crosby plays on? Give me the kid any day.

  4. aib in pgh - Apr 30, 2010 at 8:50 AM

    1st of all…why use MSNBC to channel fans to a subscriber line on Seems silly, boorish, self-injurious…
    Any way, the story on Ovechkin today opened up how generous he can be…otherwise, he’s just another big talented kid, that’s quite priviledged. Hopefully, he’ll take roots as a family man, but I don’t see it…mostly a Russian celebrity…and maybe here in the US too. Ovie won’t win the Stanley Cup 1/3 as many times as Sid, because Sid is a center, and has the vision that a hall of famer center needs. Ovechkin does not have that vision. The recent series with Montreal showed that….most of his “shots” were blocked by defensemen…which could have been passed instead…I correlate his skills to basketball: Wilt, Barkley…monster skills, but not a good enough team player to bring them up during playoff runs…

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