Pavel Datsyuk is a better hockey player than Alexander Ovechkin. To start off Pavel Datsyuk is more experienced than Ovechkin, he has been in the NHL for a relatively longer period of time then Ovechkin. Generally a good hockey player consists of a combination of sportsmanship, team play, smart plays, speed and of course scoring points and assist. Datsyuk is a 4 time consecutive Lady Byng Memorial trophy winner representing his marvellous acts of sportsmanship. Datsyuk has averaged the most assists on the Redwings roster for many years proving his abilities of passing the puck and unselfsihness. Therefore he has shown that he is a team player.
Alex Ovechkin has received the NHL's Hart Memorial Trophy (most valuable player to his team in the regular season) three times as well the NHL's Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player in the regular season chosen by the NHL players) three times in a total of eight seasons. In 11 seasons Pavel Datsyuk has not received either of these awards.