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Videos: Can Ovechkin get back on track?

Feb 3, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin hasn’t been his all-world self lately.

Sure, he’s not the only prominent player who is generating less offense than expected. Still, when you’re carrying the highest salary cap hit in the league and once ran away with scoring titles, it’s going to bring more attention.

So, can the 27-year-old star regain his elite form? This video captures how the market is reacting to his struggles:

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Meanwhile, Keith Jones and Mike Milbury study what’s going wrong and how he can steer things in the right direction.

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  1. brycewest - Feb 3, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    What’s the Russian translation for one trick pony?

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 3, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      His one trick is scoring? I don’t understand your comment

  2. franchisethighs - Feb 3, 2013 at 9:52 PM

  3. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Feb 3, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    What has this guy ever won? Compare his achievements with those of Crosby.

    • 19to77 - Feb 3, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      He’s got two Rockets and two Harts to Crosby’s one each. They’re tied with one Art Ross apiece, and Crosby’s got the ones that count the most in the end – Olympic gold and a Stanley Cup ring.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Feb 4, 2013 at 6:36 AM

        Exactly! The 2 highest achievements a TEAM can accomplish. He as Captain led the Pens to the SC and scored the winner when gold was on was on the line. Crosby was also the youngest Captain ever to hoist the cup. Ov will never win as a captain because he doesn’t play the game with coy, intelligence and understanding of the subtleties of the game. Whereas Crosby is a complete player. Forechecking, back checking, passing, vision, skating, puck protection, etc. Crosby can play within a system whereas Ov plays pond hockey. No one ever thought him to bring his game to te next level when he was growing up. They let him be OV and relied solely on his talent, which worked back then.

      • qpla - Feb 4, 2013 at 8:02 AM

        “….got the ones that count the most in the end – Olympic gold and a Stanley Cup ring.”

        I can’t really agree with that completely. I don’t know which sports you’ve been watching but hockey is above all, a team effort. While Crosby is a valuable player, he didn’t stop all the shots in net in the SCF against Detroit, nor was he one of those reliable blueliners shutting down the opponent’s defense. In a sport like hockey, even a diligent fourth line can be the difference between a first-round exit and a cup-winning team, regardless of the individual superstars on the team.

        The Olympic part is even more ridiculous. That’s basically the same as saying that Crosby would be crap if he was German.

        While I think we can all agree that right now Crosby is all around a better player for his team (or any team) than Ovechkin, and that will remain so as long as Ovechkin keeps struggling.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Feb 5, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        qpla, no one said any one player must play d, stop shots, and score goals. A team must have the right elements in place and operating on all pistons, this includes a C who can lead the team to the next level. Ov doesn’t have the capability to achieve this. He is not that sort of player. Nothing wrong with that. He needs to be on a team where others will lead, and he acts as an important piece of the puzzle. Teams are built around a nucleus of great playes which includes very good Cap. Ov is neither.

  4. franchisethighs - Feb 3, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Пони одного трюка

  5. Stiller43 - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:23 PM


    One trick = one move.

    Go up left boards and cut in after the blue line, try to shoot it between the defenders legs…

    Thats ALL he does, besides one timers when he’s wide open on the power play.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      ive been saying it for years. the fact that oates straight up made his first order of business to change ovechkins position shows that he is desperate to get something out of ovechkin other than the same damn move. millbury and jones said it best today when they said ovechkin needs to approach the game like crosby does…he doesnt want to work to get better he just wants to rely on what got him there and unfortunately for him, this is a quick evolving league and he is being left in the dust. it will be a shame in a couple years when we just forget about him altogether. the ovechkin – crosby thing is already done with – now its crosby vs giroux.

      • hockeyflow33 - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:21 AM

        I’m curious how you know about his offseason workout routine or his in-season conditioning program. Do you honestly believe that he simply shows up to the rink and that’s it?

        How about you try and have a unique thought instead of espousing the same garbage talking points the talking heads tell you.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 4, 2013 at 7:59 AM

        its well documented he has showed to camp fat and out of shape…do you read? the caps gm and coach said it themselves

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:17 AM

      So last year was his seventh year in the league and being in the top 5 goal scorers is a bad thing? I’m not sure what brand of hockey you follow but regardless of how a goal is scored, it still counts the same

  6. mp1113 - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    hes actually played well the last few games, seems to have more drive and energy and had some great chances today, defense is still garbage, too many penalties and power play isnt very good either. im interested to see why canucks gm was at the game today though

  7. hockeyfan28 - Feb 4, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    It is kind of ironic that since that story came out in the press about him being on roids that
    he hasn’t been at the level he once was not saying there was anything to it but the dropoff
    In his play the last couple years has been rather apparent

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:23 AM

      Because as we all know, goal scoring directly correlates with steroids, which are so rampant in hockey too.

      I’m also curious where this was ever printed because besides the obvious fact it is ridiculous, no one has ever heard of it.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 4, 2013 at 7:58 AM

        the caps chiropractor got busted and pretty much named names, got convicted and everything, wasnt just allegations. where have you been?

      • hockeyfan28 - Feb 5, 2013 at 2:04 AM

        Yeh pretty much what Jpelle said Alex was mentioned alot and that was just a few years ago

  8. hockeydon10 - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    I’m really curious how much is the barrage of different systems he’s had to deal with compared to other players (not just Crosby), and how much d-men reading his play or goalies knowing what he’s going to do.

    Think about it this way:
    Boudreau focus on run and gun all the time to the detriment of defense (2009-10)
    Boudreau focus on defense (2010-11 and a few games into 2011-12)
    Hunter focus on defense all the time to the detriment of offense (finished 2011-12)
    KHL just let Ovi play the way he feels like playing (2012)
    Oates claimed hybrid offense/defense system, with shift to right wing; also no training camp. (2013)

    Personally, I think it’s a combination of many factors. He may be able to regain some of his form, but I doubt 60 goals are anywhere in his future.

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