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Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby has more offensive awareness (99) than Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (95). He's also faster, more agile, a better passer, more disciplined, and has the same slap-shot accuracy and power. (Ed. Note: My sleepy, pre-coffee eyes misread the shot power numbers. Ovechkin is at 90; Crosby is at 88. Still a little too close.) Ovechkin is, of course, tougher; and has better poise than Crosby (thanks, Mike Richards).

We know all of this because IGN has bestowed upon puckheads today's great time-sucker: The player ratings for EA Sports NHL 09.

No overall ratings, i.e. the beauty contest, but they have the team-by-team breakdown for every NHL roster. Knowing the Puck Daddy readership's preferences, a few quick references: Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, Toronto Maple Leafs (Sundin is on the roster ... hmmmm) and the Vancouver Canucks.

So let the debates rage! Ryane Clowe has as much aggressive as Joe Thornton? Eric Staal is the same speed as Tim Gleason? Wade Belak has the same level of balance as Peter Forsberg? And, of course, Cristobal Huet vs. The Bulin Wall!

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