Noticing that the stats do not lie I was curious on how people would respond to the comparison between the great Alexander Ovechkin and Ivan Ciernik. This year in the AHL, the second best league in the world, Ciernik compiled 10 goals and 31 points while getting minimal playing time on the 4th line of Portland. Meanwhile Ovechkin, who people have stated is destined for greatness, netted 13 goals in the lowly Russia Super League... only 3 more than the unheralded Ciernik. But here is the catch: Ovechkin only had 10 assists to Ciernik's 21!! However, we can't just look at the stats. I have seen both of these players play numerous times and have come to this conclusion: While Ovechkin is the better pure goal scorer, Ivan Ciernik is far and away the better set-up man and overall hockey player. What do you guys think?