Ovi can't even light up the KHL, can we finally admit that he's past his prime?
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11-21-2012, 04:12 AM
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I love how revisionist people are here. Ovechkin didn't bounce back to league dominating numbers last season and now there hasn't been a season thus far, but he's not tearing up the KHL, so he's totally past his prime and "it's been two years since he was good". That's not exactly how I remember it though. The way I remember it is he scored 85 points a season ago (maybe not dominating, but how many players are above that in ANY year, recently?) and was on pace for about 90 points but missed a few games that season. Correct me if I'm wrong. Last season, I think we can all agree was disappointing from Ovechkin, for any hockey fan looking to see his exciting brand of hockey, but I fail to see how a 90 point pace and better than point-per-game player the year before is really that bad? If Ovechkin is only a 90 point player for each of the next four years, will people say he's past his prime? Sure, it's not the 60 goals he scored as a kid fresh in the NHL, but can anyone argue the rest of his game hasn't evolved and he's not, at least, a MORE complete player than he was (not saying he's a complete player, just more so than he was). So far the only truly disappointing season on his resume was this past season. To me, his KHL stats are utterly meaningless.
No he isn't a more complete player today, he's the same player with a lack of drive. People like you who're excusing production in favor of a non existent "complete game". Ok so even if he's what? a TINY bit better defensively? and that makes his game "evolved"? Please if you're giving up 10+ goals and 30+ points to round out your game that little, that's not called "evolving".
If he scores 90 points for 4 more years, that'd be great and he'd certainly still be in his offensive prime, lets see him to that first, because we haven't seen that Ovy since before the 2010 Olympic Games.
You can chop it up and say "well how many players really get more then 85 points a season", that just sounds like a silly excuse for a guy who in his prime had 1, maybe 2 guys top him in scoring a year and was giving top-3 scoring performances year after year.
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