That's a good start; the best hockey player on planet Earth gets a nod as the best left-winger of the modern era by Hockey Night in Canada.
Alex Ovechkin sports his trademark toothless grin after scoring a goal earlier this season.
The Washington Capitals sniper was voted best left-winger by a panel of Hockey Night in Canada analysts. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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CBCSports.ca, Nov. 1, 2010:
Here is the Top 10 list of left-wingers in the modern era, directly from Best of the Best by Hockey Night in Canada's Scott Morrison.Here's an excerpt about the number one pick, Alex Ovechkin:
1. Alex Ovechkin
2. Luc Robitaille
3. Brendan Shanahan
4. Michel Goulet
5. Steve Shutt
6. Henrik Zetterberg
7. Bob Gainey
8. Keith Tkachuk
9. Dave Andreychuk
10. Bill Barber
The modern era is considered to be the years after the pivotal 1967 expansion.
"The sky is the limit for Alexander Ovechkin, arguably the most skilled and most exciting player in the National Hockey League. That is not to take anything away from the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, or Jonathan Toews - all brilliant entertainers and stars in their own right - it's just that the sum of the Ovechkin parts is a little bit different.
"The native of Moscow is a wildly gifted goal scorer who is forever scoring highlight-reel goals - on his belly, off balance, deking through an entire team, overpowering a defender, with a blistering slapshot ... so many different ways. And followed by highlight-reel celebrations to boot."
For more, get the book, Best of the Best from Amazon.com.
Hockey Night in Canada has been the source of this country’s greatest hockey moments for more than five decades.
That tradition continues with the release of a new book called "Best of the Best".
It's from hockey columnist Scott Morrison who put together an esteemed panel from members of HNIC to rate the very best before expansion in 1967 and then the years up to now.
It is a must-read for every fan of the game.