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03-07-2011, 08:21 AM
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nah crosby was WAY more valuable to his team then ovechkin/sedin. it's not even close. when you put up 32 more points then both linemates combined, it should be sealed up in the bag, the media makes the final choice pretty much by putting the most spotlight on who they think should win. and i think people should know by now that most people today are brainwashed news drones


most points/ goals usually wins.


but henriks cancuks were loaded with depth so crosby was robbed BIG TIME
While I agree that Crosby had a better year than Sedin, he definitely didn't deserve it over Miller. And really, don't discount Ovechkin. He had the best offensive season any player has had since Crosby put up his 120 point season. 1.51 ppg to Crosby's 1.52 that year. People will bring up his linemates, but Knuble is never going to turn anyone into a superstar and we've seen that Backstrom goes as Ovechkin goes, not the other way around. I'm not saying he necessarily deserved the Hart, but I do think he deserved it more than people give him credit for.


I guess I should get this on topic. Ovechkin had a toughish. His parents took him out of hockey as a kid, but his coach and his (now deceased) brother saw something in him and were adamant that he continue playing.


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I don't know about toughest roads, but MSL probably had the most unique path. From undrafted to best player in the world? I wonder how often that's happened, in any sport.
Not being drafted to best player in the world happens in basically all sports bar a few.

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Mats Zuccarello had a preety hard road. Undersized, undrafted player from Norway.

When he was 16 years he had to change clubs because the club he had played for since he was 5 tought he was to small for Norwegian junior hockey and he did not get into their junior academy. Fortunately for Norwegian hockey another club nearby, Frisk Asker and especially coach Sergei Pushkov(Soviet hall of famer who ended his career in Norway) saw past his size and picked him up. Even tough his grades was not good enough he got to attend the NTG system in Asker.

People were always saying that he would not make it and by not making it i don`t mean the NHL but the Norwegian Elite League. He always seemed to take his play to another level when he was brought up through the ranks of Norwegian hockey all the way to the Elite league where he was MVP and led his team to the finals at the age of 20. After that year he ended up in Sweden, and again people were saying that he was not big enough. He averaged over a point per game already in his first season in the SEL. His second season he was the MVP of the league and also looked very impressive in the Olympics for Norway.

This year he is in the NHL and has had 17 points in his first 30 games and this is just the beginning.

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Mats Zuccarello had a preety hard road. Undersized, undrafted player from Norway.

When he was 16 years he had to change clubs because the club he had played for since he was 5 tought he was to small for Norwegian junior hockey and he did not get into their junior academy. Fortunately for Norwegian hockey another club nearby, Frisk Asker and especially coach Sergei Pushkov(Soviet hall of famer who ended his career in Norway) saw past his size and picked him up. Even tough his grades was not good enough he got to attend the NTG system in Asker.

People were always saying that he would not make it and by not making it i don`t mean the NHL but the Norwegian Elite League. He always seemed to take his play to another level when he was brought up through the ranks of Norwegian hockey all the way to the Elite league where he was MVP and led his team to the finals at the age of 20. After that year he ended up in Sweden, and again people were saying that he was not big enough. He averaged over a point per game already in his first season in the SEL. His second season he was the MVP of the league and also looked very impressive in the Olympics for Norway.

This year he is in the NHL and has had 17 points in his first 30 games and this is just the beginning.
Great story.

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Not being drafted to best player in the world happens in basically all sports bar a few.
Really? Who?

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Really? Who?
Look at the sports that have a draft. Now look at the many many many sports that don't.

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anytime you can bring Georges in you gotta do it

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