Friday , January 15 2021

Capitals: will the Alexander Ovechkin machine restart?

The Washington Capitals’ 2020-2021 season is set to kick off Thursday and that means Alexander Ovechkin’s hunt for the highest heights can resume, but will the 35-year-old veteran continue his successes? Within his team, no one has any doubts about this.

Ovechkin starts his 16e season in the National Hockey League (NHL) and like his teammates, he will obviously want to buy back the elimination of the club suffered at the hands of the New York Islanders in the first round of the 2020 series. Individually, the Russian occupies eighth in league scoring history with 706 goals. He lacks two to join a former “Caps”, Mike Gartner. This season, he also has logical chances to overtake Marcel Dionne and Phil Esposito, respectively fifth and sixth with 731 and 717 goals.

“He answered every challenge and found ways to adjust. He is able to manage to score goals, ”said team general manager Brian MacLellan on a daily basis. The Washington Post.

“No matter how old he is, Ovi will always be Ovi, I think,” said forward Nicklas Backstrom. We know how much he can give on a daily basis. He can play physically and score goals. There are no limits for him. I think that says it all about his character. ”

A phenomenal production

Also, the Maurice-Richard trophy co-recipient during the last campaign averaged 0.64 goals per game as of the 2017-2018 season, crowned by the Capitals’ triumph in the Stanley Cup final. This performance is superior to young NHL stars Auston Matthews (0.59) and Connor McDavid (0.54).

Also, the organization of the American capital is not worried about a decline in Ovechkin’s regime, nor about the break in league activities or the condensed calendar.

“He will always have this ability to produce on the power play and bet on his shot on reception. But I think he learned different ways of scoring goals or contributing in different ways, MacLellan added. At times in his career he seemed a little slower, but he took control of his conditioning. He adjusted completely. I bet he will do it again. “

By the way, how many times will the number 8 shake the ropes this season? Another sensational harvest should not be ruled out, according to Backstrom.

“I would say 35, but I’m setting the bar pretty low. Hopefully it will be more, ”he said.

“I wouldn’t bet against him. He can continue to be successful for as long as he wants, as long as he is mentally engaged. He’s a solid person, he brings everything to the rink and in front of every challenge, he moves forward, ”said MacLellan.

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