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11-21-2012, 11:23 PM
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Originally Posted by caps4cup View Post
He obviously hasn't been as good this year, but look at the teams GPG numbers in 2010-2011, specifically before and after they had an 8 game losing streak where they switched to an all out defensive system. The team went from something like 3.5 goals per game and Ovechkin on a 100 point pace to about 2.3 goals per game. I think you can imagine how that affected Ovechkin's points per game numbers.
It remains to be seen if Washington can be a winner when it matters with Ovechkin and mates playing the style they did that allowed him to be the scoring machine he was. System can definitely impact a player's numbers; I'm a Stars fan who watched Modano's stats glossed over because he was only putting up PPG numbers while playing in a defense-first system. Still though, he was able to do so and be part of a winner. Ovechkin is kind of like a thoroughbred you want to just watch do his thing because it's beautiful to watch but you're not sure it will ultimately win the race.

The other thing about Ovechkin is it seems that the league has adapted to his style; he's become predictable. He hasn't made the adaption yet to counter these changes in defense against him.

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