Selected first overall in the 2004 NHL entry draft, Alex Ovechkin has had alot to live up.Starting in the 05-06 season and ending it leading all NHL rookies in goals, points, power-play goals, and shots. He finished third overall in the NHL in scoring with 106 points and tied for third in goals with 52. His 425 shots led the league, set an NHL rookie record and was the fourth-highest total in NHL history. Ovie at first seemed like the Capitals savior earning a 13 year $124 million dollar contract at the end of 07-08. And in 09-10 the Caps won the presidential trophy. Then came the slump.
Starting the 2010-2011 season Ovie already looked like he was done early on. Starting caring more about the “rock-star life-style” then the points. Cared more about the social media then being a Captain with a voice. his numbers had gone down, the capitals trying to keep a playoff spot alive. Ovechkin wanted nothing with it. 2 years die hard caps fans had to deal with a captain who didn’t care. A captain who wouldnt skate for the puck, you would’ve thought we had two Semins,lol. You could tell that Alex just didnt care or at least never showed that he did.
Then came the lock-out, finally January of 2013 the lock-out was over and we had a shortened season. any true caps fan will tell you at first we were not excited to see Ovie. The season started for him like it did in the past few years slow, nothing happening. BUT, then Alex starting scoring the capitals going on win streaks, my thoughts were that new coach, Adam Oates, was the one who finally got through. He starting playing rw instead of lw, caps still lost in playoffs but at the end, Alex Ovechkin was a 3 time Rocket Richard trophy winner. Still some non believers, well now in the 2013-2014 season only in december Ovechkin is #1 in goals in the nhl surpassed a personal career milestone scoring 400 career goals. Ovie is finally showing the strength a real captain shows. with the Olympics coming in Ovie’s home i can say this, If Russia wins gold, dont be surprised if the Capitals get a cup shot!