In both absolute goals and in relation to peers Ovi has had a more dominant first four years. Stammer is playing great, but he's not quite the goal scorer Ovi was.
Also, if we're talking playoffs then its even further apart. Ovi led his team to the playoffs. He managed 11 goals in 14 games (year the Caps went past first round). Stamkos managed 6 goals in 18 games (year the Lightning went past first round).
From their body of work to date, I'd easily take Stamkos. Stamkos is young and steadily improving while I see the opposite in Ovechkin's game. The shooting percentage would also suggest that Stamkos is and always has been a more efficient goal scorer than Ovechkin.
You can't argue with success and Ovechkin has certainly had plenty individual success in his career but if you're going to do a head to head comparison with him against any other player in the league, I think it's only fair to look at circumstance. Ovechkin came into the league as a 20 year old with about 150 games of professional hockey experience. Stamkos was drafted from junior hockey and as an 18 year old began his NHL career. If you take Ovechkin's best years and consider that his prime, then clearly Ovechkin has an obvious advantage here. I made my decision based on who I'd rather have on my team. I'd take Stamkos every time.
Voted Stammer because if you take out Stamkos' rookie year, with him being 18 and having Melrose as a coach, he's hit 45+ each year. That's pretty insane. As far as efficiency... 20% shooting percentage speaks for itself.
Career-wise Ovi is still the bees knees, but I expect Stamkos to surpass that in the future, and since I have no idea what the poll is actually asking, I decided to go homer.
What makes any of you think stamkos will have a different goal scoring trajectory than Ovi? what makes you think he stays healthy? Right now obviously hes hitting his prime and Ovi is past his but those of you saying that hes gonna end up the better goal scorer have no evidence and hes about 3 50goal seasons and one 65goal season behind. Ovi was a beast and he was the best player in the world for awhile. Stamkos is not.
Seriously I dont know how you forget so quickly. As a pens fan when Ovi had the puck I **** myself. I barley notice stamkos out there. Its a testament to how retarded this forum is that Stamkos is winning this poll. Sorry but short sighted **** like this pisses me off.