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Video: An Ovechkin redemption?

Jan 19, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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Last season was rough for Alex Ovechkin. He even admitted that things got pretty bleak once Darryl Sutter showed up.

The Russian superstar scored more goals (38) than he did in 2010-11 (32), but his 65 points were far and away the least he’s put up in an NHL season. He also received fewer than 20 minutes per game for the first time in his career.*

Can Ovechkin bounce back as the work stoppage has been lifted and he has a new coach in Adam Oates? Mike Milbury and Keith Jones ponder that question in the video below.

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* – Actually, he’s never received less than 21:22 minutes of ice time per contest in his career, aside from in 2012-13.

  1. sampulls - Jan 19, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Hate to say it, but he is not in the same category as Crosby/Malkin.

    • trick9 - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      Agreed. Ovechkin is a player while Crosby is in spectator category.

    • ravenscaps48 - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      Has Malkin had to go through 4 systems in the last two seasons? I don’t think he has.

  2. youcallthathockeyblog - Jan 19, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Once Darryl Sutter showed up… really…

  3. polegojim - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Ovi is a very good player, but gets bored and shows up when he wants to. Many games he just goes through the motions.

    Shorter season will be better for him

    Ovechkin = Carmelo Anthony… enjoys the reg season stats/glory but is averse to true Team Work.

    • ravenscaps48 - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      I don’t know which team you’re watching then, because Ovie is skating his butt off every night. The reason why his numbers have been declining is because of injury to those around him (Backstrom and Green) and the switch to a defensive systems (Bruce and Hunter). Boudreau switching to Defense was terrible. The only reason why the offense didn’t work in the playoffs in 09-10, was due to a goalie run of historic proprtions by Jaroslav Halak. Then he hits the panic button like “Oh s***, we cannot do this run and gun anymore, they’ve figured it out!”…. Watch this team thrive under the other AO’s coaching system. Aggressive forecheck, backcheck, and a run and gun offense. Don’t be surprised if Ovie, with help from his superstar teammates NB19 and MG52, that he may get 30-35 Goals.

      • qpla - Jan 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        Agreed. People like to blindly bash Ovechkin, forgetting that the Caps went from a team that scored 3.82 goals per game in the 09-10 season to a team that scores 2.67 and 2.66 goals per game. Boudreau was a great coach, but the change in style was too dramatic.

      • polegojim - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:54 PM

        C’mon Ravens…

        It’s the same song every year.

        Time to find a new tune.

      • polegojim - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:00 AM

        qpla… ‘People’ didn’t blindly bash Ovechkin – I said he is a VERY good player…

        But… facts are… they didn’t win a Cup when they were scoring 3.82 goals per game either.

        Seriously man, you can’t have it both ways.

        Caps fans need to stop peeing on themselves for kissing their sisters and demand a winner.

  4. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Redemption? Is he using HGH again?
    No? Then he will be a great player but is done being an elite shoe-in- Hall of Famer

  5. banger60 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Maybe he would be happier if his mother was coach!!!!!!!

    • ravenscaps48 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      Why does everyone hate on him having a close relationship with his mother?

  6. cameltoews - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    I guess you haven’t seen Carmelo Anthony play this season because that couldn’t be further from the truth. Just as he has had a turn around season, so will Ovi

    • polegojim - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      Sorry bro, I don’t know which Carmelo you’re watching

      I watched MANY ‘turn around’ seasons for Carmelo right here in Denver…. or half seasons. Carmelo has a turn around EVERY SEASON… for a little while…

      Career points ave- 24. This season – 29…WOW, some improvement…and STILL doesn’t play defense.

      He’s a one dimensional player, period. Always has been, including college.

      • ravenscaps48 - Jan 20, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        Isn’t 29 points high for an NBA scorer to average in a season? I think LeBron averaged one more shot completed a game last season and won MVP.

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