Alexander Ovechkin was selected 1st overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals. Other notable names from the 04 draft include 2nd overall pick Evgeni Malkin, 5th overall Blake Wheeler by Phoenix, Devan Dubnyk 14th by Edmonton, Radulov 15th overall by Nashville, and Corey Schneider 26th overall by Vancouver. Two goaltenders in the first round and they have both turned out well. Anyway, this article is about Alexander the Great.
Alex Ovechkin finished the year with 49 goals. It marked the seventh time in his career that he has won the Rocket Richard trophy, given to the player who scores the most goals in a season. Ovechkin has scored at least 50 goals in 6 of his 12 years in the league and was so close last season. Only one other player has won it multiple times and that is Sidney Crosby. The only other two winners have been Steven Stamkos and Corey Perry. Ovechkin has won it 7 out of 12 years since it was introduced in the 2007-08 season.
Ovechkin may be the greatest goal scorer ever to play the game. It has been a pleasure watching him over the years. He is a hard nosed player who throws his weight around as much as he shoots pucks at opposing goaltenders. He is an intimidating force on the ice. He is a crowd pleaser with all the high energy he plays with. He stands 6’3″and weighs 235, so when he hits you, you feel it. The best power forward in the game today.
The majority of Ovechkin’s even strength ice time last season was spent on a line with fellow winger Tom Wilson and cagey veteran Nik Backstrom at center. Ovechkin finished the year with 49 goals and 38 assists for 87 points in 82 games. Alex has been very durable over the years only missing ten games in 2009-10. His first three years in the league he posted over 100 points and last season marked his best totals since the 2009-10 season.
Something special happened to Alex last season and the rest of the Washington Capitals. He finally won a Stanley Cup Championship, you know that had to be bothering him. Sidney Crosby has won three Stanley Cups in his 13 years in Pittsburgh. The two are often compared to one another because of their draft position and being a year apart. Ovechkin’s performance throughout the playoffs was good enough to cement him as the favorite and eventual winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy, given to the most valuable player in the playoffs. Alex finished with 27 points in 24 games on the strength of 15 goals.
Washington’s history against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the post season is rather painful for Caps fans. They have lost 9 times to the Penguins in their history. 4 times the Capitals have lost a game seven to the Penguins. That all ended last season as the Capitals defeated the Penguins 4 games to 2.
Enjoy the Ovechkin career highlights video.