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08-11-2012, 08:47 AM
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He finished 5th in goals last season, which obviously makes him the worst player in the league according to many haters hockey fans.

Dude is still a big celebrity, and will remain one as long as he's still Ovechkin, both in personality and highlight reel goals.

Doesn't hurt that he's averaged 79 games per year in his 7 NHL seasons. Compare this to Malkin (71/6), Crosby (62/7), Giroux (63/5, including AHL), Gaborik (60/12), etc. In fact, the only ones who scored more than him that's been healthier over their NHL career has been Stamkos, and Neal (just barely), both in only their 4th seasons. They feel more comfortable advertising Ovechkin because the odds that he'll miss a game they air are pretty low.

Furthermore, I think it's fair to say Ovechkin has played a far more physical game than those named, and let's not forget - 65 has yet to be reached since he did it.

The NHL and NBC like big hits, big personality, and a scoring touch. Ovechkin is still that full media-loved package.

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