Alex Ovechkin Re-Signs With the Washington Capitals
Over his extensive 16-year NHL career the Great Eight has remained loyal and only has only played for the Capitals since they drafted him in the first round, first overall of the 2004 NHL draft. He has put up 730 goals and 590 assists for 1320 career points in 1197 career games.
Last season he scored 24 goals and 18 assists for 42 points. He also added 12 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers were 56.7 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of 10.2.
What This Means for the Future
Although the Russian superstar did not achieve his standard offensive statistics during the COVID-19 reduced schedule, Ovechkin is well underway to solidify ( if not already) the title of one of greatest hockey players of our time. Slowly edging towards dizzying heights of the Great One Wayne Gretzky
The 35-year-old shows no signs of slowing down and will remain on the Capitals top line. Although best known for scoring goals in “his office” Ovechkin also has the ability to draw out players and provide slick passing to teammates. Ovechkin also packs a punch that role models the Capitals heavy-hitting style. The Capitals will continue to aim for a second Stanley Cup Win in Ovechkin’s career, consistently coming in strong for the playoffs but lacking that enthusiasm that is all too familiar to make it past the first round.
The Capitals have an aging team, with many key players over 30-years-old. For the team to succeed they need to expose their younger talent to match up with the likes of Ovechkin, but with a highly stacked top six, it is notoriously difficult. Ovechkin deserves a contract that reflects the current market. It also leaves room for other young hopefuls to flourish.