After last season Alex Ovechkin posted just 33 goals through 82 games, 17 coming on the power play, he also had just 69 points last season one of the worst seasons for Ovi since 2011-2012. After Ovechkin’s poor season, the Capitals still managed to win the President’s trophy with a record of 55-19-8 record with 118 points. After the Capitals back to back President trophy seasons and coming up short yet again in the playoffs the team seemed to be in shambles. The management said some things they may not have meant, some players were frustrated and the Capitals lost a ton of key pieces to their roster.
All in all, it was evident Ovechkin was on the “hot seat” after yet another failed playoff run and a poor season the Capitals knew something needed to be done with Ovechkin. Well after a full summer of claiming his presence on the Russian Olympic team, being in and around the media, constant headlines about Ovechkin’s future in Washington. It seems as if the 32-year-old Russian goal scorer did not let any bad media get to his head.
This season Ovechkin is on pace for 60 plus goals and 85 plus points. In just 29 games this year Ovechkin has 21 goals, compared to his 33 goals in 82 games, he is already on pace to topple that 33 goal total in the next 25 games. One thing that seems evident this season is Ovechkin is shooting a lot more, in 29 games he has 135 shots compared to his 315 shots in 82 games last season. Ovechkin has always shot a ton but last year was one of his lowest shooting totals in six years, this season Ovechkin already leads the NHL in shots(135) the only two players close to him are Evander Kane(126) and Max Pacioretty(121). As power play goals are one of Ovechkin’s strong suit he only has six this season which is a good sign because that means he is getting more done 5 on 5. Ovechkin has easily skyrocketed in the Rocket Richard Trophy nomination and leads the NHL in goals with 21, two ahead of Nikita Kucherov.