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LW Alexander Ovechkin

7x Top 10 LW AS(1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 10)
5x Top 15 Hart(1, 1, 2, 6, 15)
Calder Trophy Winner, 05-06]
2x Hart Trophy Winner
1x Art Ross Trophy Winner
3x Rocket Richard Trophy Winner
3x Ted Lindsay Trophy Winner(Most Outstanding Player according to NHLPA)
4x NHL All Star Game Participant
2006 Olympics All-Tournament Team
2x World Championships All Star Team(2006, 2008)
8x Top 14 Goals(1, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 14)
4x Top 20 Assists(6, 6, 10, 20)
7x Top 13 Points(1, 2, 3, 3, 3, 7, 13)
5th in points, 08-09 playoffs
3rd in Playoff PPG post-lockout(59 points in 51 games, behind Crosby & Malkin)
Washington Capitals Captain, 2010-present
VsX: 106, 100, 100, 100, 98, 86, 81, 67

During Career(05-06 to 12-13)

1st in goals(113% of 2nd place Kovalchuk)
9th in assists(71% of 2nd place H.Sedin)
1st in points(101% of 2nd place Thornton)

Originally Posted by Gordie Howe View Post
"If he got any better he'd be scary. His strength, and he moves so well. He doesn't mind taking a whack to get a shot. Sometimes there's guys that don't like that, they just dump it in. He can absorb a pretty good check to get a shot on net. Any guy that does that for a team is a pretty good man."
Originally Posted by Wayne Gretzky View Post
"He's got the hands of Mike Bossy, the on-ice awareness of Jari Kurri, and the physicality of Mark Messier... You know, he's a phenomenal player, and he's been a tremendous influence in the game."
Originally Posted by Barry Trotz
"Ovechkin has the total package."
Originally Posted by Ken Hitchcock
"To me, he's a special player who comes around once every 10 years. He's unbelievable."
Originally Posted by Randy Carlyle
"He did everything he had to do to dominate the game, he was a force out there. I think at times we stood around and were in awe of him. We got beat by a very special player. He's the real deal."
Originally Posted by Joe Thornton
"You see some highlights of him and it's just unbelievable. He uses his size, he makes some big hits, and he has so much speed he really backs off the defenseman. When you have a step on him, he just has a lethal shot as well."
Originally Posted by Jeff Halpern
"Having him has made us feel we can win every game."
Originally Posted by Sean Burke
"There's not a lot of players in the league that will challenge guys 1-on-2 and make a play like that. He has no fear. He goes at everybody and challenges them."
Originally Posted by Martin Broduer
"He'll go in traffic 100 miles per hour. He doesn't care about getting hurt because he's so big."
Originally Posted by Dany Heatley
"He's got great speed, great moves, and he's a great one-on-one guy."
Originally Posted by Curtis Sanford
"He's the best player in the league. That's not saying anything (bad) about a lot of players in this league, but he's the best I've seen. His release on his shot, the way he moves with the puck, you understand why he's the first pick right there."
Originally Posted by Jay Harrison
"The more you hit him, the more physical he gets and the more into it he gets as well."
Originally Posted by Pavel Bure
"He is young, but he's already a great player. I think he's going to have a huge future. The way he skates, the way he throws the hits. He has size. He has power. What I really like about him: it doesn't matter what the score is. He goes out there and plays hard every shift."
Originally Posted by Daniel Alfredsson
"Everybody is coached so well, every defenceman knows how to play the one-on-one. It's very rare that you see it and he can beat people clean. He can create chances from nothing, really. I just think he's got everything you could want. He's a great skater, he's a great stickhandler, good one-on-one and he's got a really good work ethic. He's the best player consistently."
Originally Posted by Marty Turco
"Someone who plays hard every shift, it's pretty admirable for a young guy."
Originally Posted by Derek Armstrong
"He's dynamite. He flies out there. He plays really gritty too... and he doesn't just skate around and try to score goals but he'll go after you which is really impressive."
Originally Posted by Glen Hanlon
"He gets the puck, goes hard. And when he doesn't have the puck, he's forechecking -- bang, crash. He's come to us as close to perfect as there is."
Originally Posted by Washington Post, April 21, 2008
If Alex Ovechkin's inspired performance Saturday was any indication, the NHL's leading scorer has begun to adapt to the postseason's tight-checking style. Ovechkin took shorter shifts and delivered some heavy hits, including a highlight-caliber hip check on Flyers center Jim Dowd. He managed to slip loose of Philadelphia defenseman Kimmo Timonen's smothering coverage long enough to generate scoring opportunities and finished with a series-high six shots on net. He also drew a first-period hooking infraction on Timonen that resulted in a power-play goal, and screened goaltender Philadelphia goaltender Martin Biron on Alexander Semin's third-period winner.
Originally Posted by Scott Morrisonn, Slam Sports
Truth is, the Washington Capitals wouldn't be uttering the word, never mind be contemplating the playoffs if not for the brilliance of the 22-year-old forward. He has been good, by and large, from start to finish and was outstanding this past month when they needed him most as the Capitals chased down a playoff spot.
Originally Posted by Edmonton Journal April 8, 2008
Ovechkin stole the puck from Philadelphia defenceman Lasse Kukkonen with four minutes left and ripped one over a sprawled goalie Martin Biron to rally the Capitals to a 5-4 win over the Flyers in a hugely entertaining opening game of their series. It was a signature play by the world’s best player...
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Ovechkin, whose mother was a two-time Olympic gold medalist in basketball (1976 and 1980) and father was a professional soccer player, is a highly skilled forward who has blazing speed and does not shy away from the rough stuff.

Originally Posted by Sports Illustrated Poll, May 25, 2009

Alex Ovechkin, Capitals LW 51%

Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings D 11%

Evegni Malkin, Penguins C 7%

Pavel Datsyuk, Red Wings C 7%

Jarome Iginla, Flames RW 5%

Henrik Zetterberg, Red Wings C 5%

"I'd watch him in the warmup. He transcends. I think he's the evolution of our game—a young, reckless, skilled player."

NOW BESIDES Mach 3 speed, a hammer of Thor shot, a long reach and nifty moves—don't forget the moves—one of Ovechkin's perceived advantages over other gifted scorers such as Iginla is location. While logic suggests that Ovechkin can pad his stats by joysticking through the tissue-soft Southeast Division, he hasn't. In 25 intradivisional matches Ovechkin was averaging .600 goals a game as opposed to his .875 average against the rest of the league. (He also scores at an .875 clip against Western Conference teams, which generally have better top-pair defensemen.)

Ovechkin also passes smartly and uses teammates more effectively than he once did, largely because slick rookie center Nicklas Backstrom gives him a credible alternative.

He's a once in a lifetime, a [Rocket] Richard-- or Bossy-type guy who has the combination of explosive speed and huge power. He also reminds me of [two-time 60-goal scorer] Pavel Bure when he first came over from Russia—that exuberance, that desire to score."

Strong Skating

The thick-thighed, 6' 2", 220-pound winger has astonishing balance: Once last season he cut a turn so tightly while carrying the puck that the rivets fastening the blade to his boot popped loose.

Ovechkin, a winger with a righthanded shot, is brimming with speed and manic invention, wallpapers defensemen and scores goals that seem to defy the laws of physics

The left wing certainly has style. From his dynamic play to his trademark smoky face shield--call him Darth Visor--Ovechkin headed a rookie class for the ages. At week's end he was on the cusp of 50 goals (48), a milestone that would rank him with Teemu Selanne, Mike Bossy and Joe Nieuwendyk as the highest-scoring rookies of all time, but it was the sheer fabulousness of his game (he scored a goal reaching one-handed with his stick while flat on his back) that distinguished the 20-year-old. On the thrill meter he ranks with Pavel Bure and Gilbert Perreault among the most eye-catching forwards of the past three decades.

Ovechkin, a righthanded-shooting left wing who combines great speed, dazzling creativity and a willingness to go through defensemen as well as around them. He is the Russian Evolution.

" Pavel Bure in Mark Messier's body," says Capitals general manager George McPhee of his 6'2", 216-pound runaway locomotive, who wallpapered the New Jersey Devils' 6'4", 215-pound defenseman Colin White with the most thunderous hit of the season on Nov. 11.

Alex plays harder than Kovalchuk. [Is Ovechkin] the most talented guy I've ever played with? Yep. That's because he uses his talent to the fullest all the time. [Former Cap Jaromir] Jagr was obviously very talented, but there were nights he didn't show up. Jags didn't have the speed and the edge this guy has."

"If we had anybody who could get him the puck off the wall," said one member of the organization after watching the other Caps handle the puck on the power play as if it were a hand grenade, "he wouldn't be getting a point a game but three points a game."

But Ovechkin, a 6'2", 212-pound left wing, could play on the rebuilding Caps' top line next season. A strong skater with a lethal wrist shot, Ovechkin, 18, had 23 points in 53 games for Dynamo Moscow. He's the youngest player on Russia's World Cup team and the only nongoalie without NHL experience. Ovechkin's mix of finesse and physical edge draws comparisons to Jarome Iginla, and scouts are impressed with his poise.

He has a thick body and soft hands, a nose for the net and feet quick enough to get him there.

There's more of a Canadian approach that Ovechkin combines with those Russian skills. He's not reluctant to shoot. He already has an NHL-caliber shot, and he uses it—wrister, slap shot, one-timer. He knows how to go high on a goalie."

And he knows the game. You'd see Kovalchuk hanging around the blue line waiting for the puck, and you'd think that he was lazy. Not with Ovechkin. You never have the sense he isn't working."

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