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Alex Ovechkin | Winger

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/17/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 230
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Alex Ovechkin is being moved back to the left wing this season.
New Capitals coach Barry Trotz will work to help Ovechkin become a more complete player and the first step will be a move back to his off wing. "He's better on the right side a little bit defensively, but his talent is on the left side," Trotz said. "And so if I'm going to maximize his talent, I need to get him on the left side. Now if he doesn't want to adjust defensively playing the left side, then we'll talk about maybe moving him back to the right. The stuff that he does on the left side, there's no coach on the planet who can teach (it). If he's willing to learn, I can teach him the other stuff." The Capitals captain had 51 goals and 28 points last season, but it came with a minus-35 rating. Sep 20 - 10:04 PM
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Alex Ovechkin felt the firing of head coach Adam Oates and GM George McPhee over the summer was a "wake-up call."

Ovechkin also believes it was a signal to the players that they have to improve or the next set of changes will be focused on the team's roster. "I'm pretty sure this organization and the fans is tired to losing and not show exactly what we can do," Ovechkin said. "That's why we made the changes." Ovechkin will turn 29 on Sept. 17 and while he's had a lot of personal success, the Capitals haven't gotten past the second round of the playoffs during his tenure. Washington knows it needs to take advantage of Ovechkin's talents while he's still in his prime.
Sep 12 - 10:34 AM

Alex Ovechkin has fully recovered from the knee injury he suffered at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Belarus, while playing for Russia.

"My knee doesn't bother me," Ovechkin told The Associated Press. "Everything feels fine and 100 percent." He led the league with 51 goals last season and recorded 79 points in 78 games. Ovechkin also placed second in NHL with 39 power-play points, which included a whopping 24 markers. If new coach Barry Trotz can get the "glide" out of his game and get him more involved defensively then his horrid minus-35 rating should see plenty of improvement.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 11 - 6:53 PM

The 2015 Winter Classic between the Capitals and Blackhawks will be held at Nationals Park, according to The Washington Post.

League officials had also visited FedEx Field and RFK Stadium, but ultimately the widely-anticipated venue won out. An official announcement will be coming "very soon."
Sep 6 - 8:33 PM

KHL president Alex Medvedev has hinted that Alex Ovechkin or Evgeni Malkin might come to the KHL in a year.

Of course, this isn't the first time that Ovechkin and Malkin have been linked to the KHL and they are signed to long-term deals with Washington and Pittsburgh respectively. The one thing that makes Medvedev's quote a bit more troubling is that he specifically point to these "good surprises," as he put it, potentially happening "in a year." The NHL's current memorandum of understanding with the KHL was recently extended, but it is now set to expire on June 30, 2015.
Sep 2 - 3:45 PM

Alex Ovechkin could get off to a slow start in 2014-15 while he adapts to the way coach Barry Trotz wants him to play.

Trotz is expected to make Ovechkin take shorter shifts and to remove the "glide" from the sharpshooter's game. If Ovechkin buys into those practices then it will limit the amount of goals against that he's on the ice for because he'll be better rested and more engaged in the play. If he's trying to take pucks from the opposition and forcing turnovers then he will get more opportunities offensively. It would also help make him a more complete player. Ovechkin posted the third-worst plus-minus rating in the league last year at minus-35, but he led the league with 51 goals and finished eighth with 79 points in 78 games.
Aug 22 - 11:52 AM

FedEx Field has reportedly been ruled out as a possible destination for the 2015 Winter Classic, as the Washington Redskins will host the Dallas Cowboys there on Dec. 28 and officials will not have enough time to flip the field into an ice rink.

That leaves Nationals Park, the city's baseball field, as the leading candidate to host the event on Jan 1, 2015. RFK Stadium, home of the D.C. United MLS team is also in the mix, as well as a few far-fetched ideas of holding the game at the National Mall, Camden Yards or M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens. The Caps will host the Blackhawks in the annual spectacle, wherever it may be held.
Aug 17 - 12:26 PM

Alex Ovechkin is upbeat after the Capitals were able to sign defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen.

"That our team signed such guys [as Niskanen and Orpik] – that's a very strong move," Ovechkin said. "Orpik, for example, is a very physical defenseman. If he plays on your team – it’s a positive for you. But the results will be at the end of the season, it hasn't even started yet. Who knows what other changes are coming to the team– maybe there will be a trade or something else." Not everything that happened for the Capitals this summer was a positive in Ovechkin's eyes. He had a close relationship with Mikhail Grabovski and he's said to see him go.
Jul 7 - 10:15 PM

Coach Barry Trotz said that Alex Ovechkin will need less 'glide' in his game next season.

Trotz also said that Ovechkin will start the season on the right wing. "Alex has got a little too much glide maybe in his game," Trotz said. "He's trying to score too much, so he's getting not as much space actually. You remember Alex when he would get that speed and he's moving and he can do things with the puck. He can beat you with his skill, he can beat you with his size and speed and hold you off. When you’re standing still you’re really easy to cover. I was just talking to Alex and said we gotta get a little more space for you. Sometimes that's coming back [into the defensive zone] and getting the puck in a good position. Sometimes when you're standing still you think you’re in a position where if I get the puck I'll score. But you're easier to cover and we talked about that. That's a process." Ovechkin seems to be interested in improving so look out for him next season.
Jun 29 - 11:41 AM

New Washington coach Barry Trotz wants to develop a trusting relationship with Alex Ovechkin.

"It starts with the relationship," Trotz said. "I know I'm going to work at that, but it can't happen until I have a relationship with him, because there's no trust. To me, Alex has to trust that I'm giving him the best advice for the team, for him to grow his game. I don't know Alex as well. I know going against him, what he does well. But I need to know Alex the person." He wants to sit down with Ovechkin soon to go over how he wants the Capitals' captain to play and what role he'll have in the system. Trotz never had a 40-goal scorer in Nashville and former bench boss Adam Oates helped Ovechkin register an NHL-best 51 goals last season after he switched him to a right winger.
May 29 - 1:32 PM

The Washington Capitals said on Sunday that Alex Ovechkin (knee) only needs rest and should be healthy for the start of training camp.

Ovechkin was injured eight days ago at the World Championships in Belarus and while he missed one game and wore a brace during the playoffs, he will not require surgery. Ovechkin captained the Russians to victory as they won the Worlds for the second time in the last three seasons.
May 26 - 7:18 AM

Alex Ovechkin's knee still isn't 100 percent healthy, but he's got one game left to play in at the World Hockey Championship.

"I had a new knee brace and felt much better," Ovechkin said after Saturday's semifinal win over Sweden. "I can't say I'm 100 percent fit but the situation is that one must be ready for anything. We have one game left and we must do everything to make sure we win." He earned an assist in Russia's 3-1 victory in his second game back after a one-game absence. Russia will play Finland in the gold medal game on Sunday.
May 24 - 6:24 PM

Alex Ovechkin skated with a brace on his knee during the quarterfinals of the World Hockey Championship.

"Of course it was a bit awkward to skate in the brace," said Ovechkin. "But I think I'll play without it the next game and everything will be okay. I wasn't risking anything, I knew the brace would protect me in case of a collision. That's what happened in the first period and I immediately knew that the leg is reacting well. I was about 90 percent ready. And I didn't take any pain killers at all." He didn't record a point in Russia's 3-0 win against France and was rested during the third period.
May 22 - 1:42 PM

Alex Ovechkin (knee) is in the lineup for Russia's quarterfinal contest against France.

He sat out one game at the World Hockey Championship with a knee injury, which evidently looked much worse than it was. Ovechkin is wearing the "C" as the team's captain in the contest. He has three goals and six assists in six games at the tournament.
May 22 - 10:18 AM

Alex Ovechkin (knee) is hoping to return to Team Russia's lineup.

Ovechkin was hospitalized with what was initially feared to be a serious injury, but he's already rejoined the team for practices. "If I did not feel that I am ready to help the team, I wouldn't be trying," Ovechkin said. "I would end my season. As long as I am able to help, I will act." He has three goals and nine points in six games at the 2014 World Championship.
May 21 - 4:41 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Brooks Laich
4Jay Beagle
5Kris Newbury
LW1Marcus Johansson
2Joel Ward
3Jason Chimera
4Aaron Volpatti
RW1Alex Ovechkin
2Troy Brouwer
3Eric Fehr
4Ryan Stoa
5Tom Wilson
D1Matt Niskanen
2John Carlson
3Mike Green
4Karl Alzner
5Dmitry Orlov
6Brooks Orpik
7John Erskine
8Jack Hillen
G1Braden Holtby
2Justin Peters