Frozen Fantasy: Bring on the Debate

Frozen Fantasy: Bring on the Debate

This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.

There was debate this season about Alexander the Gr8. Was he still a fantasy first rounder?

That's not a question anymore.

He was named player of the month for October on the back of a league-leading nine goals in only 10 games. At 36 years of age.

The bigger debate is perhaps more contentious – is Alex Ovechkin already the goal GOAT?

Yes, better than Wayne Gretzky himself.

Gretzky was incredible. And while he's the all-time leader in goals (and so many categories), Gretz only led the NHL in goals five times in an era of unbridled scoring and less-than-stellar goalies. He was 26 the last time he topped the league.

Ovie has finished first on nine occasions, through an era of ever-improving goaltending. He continues to score at will from 'his office' – goalies and teams know it's coming and they still can't do a thing to stop him.

Two more goals and Ovechkin moves into fourth on the all-time list. He could move into third by season's end.

But prolific doesn't always mean greatest. Friends, we are witnessing the goal GOAT. The most dominant. And he does it with pure joy.

You may not agree – this is a great debate. And I'll rile it up a bit more. There's loads of conversation about Sidney Crosby ascending toward the top-five of all time.

But using the concept of dominant over prolific, I could argue Ovie should be considered for that Mount Rushmore well ahead of Sid the Kid.

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Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a seven-time Finalist and four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. She is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loved the OHL London Knights when they were bad and cheers loudly for the Blackhawks, too. But her top passion? The World Junior Hockey Championships each and every year.
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