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07-18-2009, 04:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Zine View Post
Ovechkin had more takeaways than Crosby this year (26th in the league). Sure he gets lazy backchecking from time to time, but this stat suggests he's far from a 1 dimensional offensive player.
That doesn't make him any better defensively... Takeaways are definitely not a true indicator of whether or not you're a 2-way forward or not. Crosby is definitely not on the level of Z or Datsyuk in Detroit, mind you, nor is he on the level of Malkin - yet. But the combination of offense and his good positioning, backchecking, etc makes him a much more rounded player than Ovechkin is. Not to say I don't expect to see Ovechkin work on that part of his game down the line.

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