Is it just me or does it indeed seem that the league is much more competitive than it's been in a while? Less than five years ago Jamie Benn won the scoring race and Ovechkin was the best forward in the league. Ovechkin was just as good last year but was arguably outside of the top 10 last year (playoffs not withstanding). Crosby long held the title of the best player in the game with 80-90 point seasons but right now the standard is being set on a whole different level and he might be getting left behind. The new wave of speed and skill in the league has increased scoring rates for a few years in a row. It just seems there's much more talent in the league than there was five years ago.