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Alex Ovechkin | Winger | #8

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/17/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 239
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (1) / WAS
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Alex Ovechkin leads the NHL in shots on goal over the last five seasons with 1712.
Ovechkin has scored 32 (lockout) 51, 53, 50 and 33 goals during those five seasons. Tyler Seguin is second in shots on goal over the last five years, and he's hit the net 1314 times, which is almost 400 times less than Ovechkin. Max Pacioretty (1306), Phil Kessel (1249) and Brent Burns (1244) round out the top five. Aug 20 - 12:07 PM

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Alex Ovechkin remains hopeful that he will get the opportunity to represent Russia at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Ovechkin told Russia's Sport-Express that there have been no changes in his status and he hasn't spoken to other NHLers about their intentions for the Olympics. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman does not expect any of the league's players to participate in the tournament. Ovechkin and other NHLers might be barred from going, but there hasn't been any talk about what the repercussions could be.
Aug 7 - 12:45 PM

The Vegas Golden Knights will not be trading for Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, per GM George McPhee.

"That's not going to happen. Too many No. 8 jerseys in Washington," McPhee told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. McPhee could be bluffing, but the Golden Knights also don't really have the assets to acquire a player of Ovechkin's caliber in a trade. McPhee has also said that he plans on going with younger players in his quest to build up his expansion roster. All in all, Ovechkin to Vegas seems like a huge long-shot.
Source: The Score
Jun 3 - 6:58 PM

Washington GM Brian MacLellan said it's not in the organization's best interest to trade Alex Ovechkin at this time.

MacLellan said that no major changes are coming. The Capitals aren't panicking after another early playoff exit, but he said players and coaches will have to be more accountable. "He's frustrated as much as we all are. I think for him moving forward it's, he's getting in the low 30s, I think he's going to have to think of ways he can evolve into a player that still has a major impact on the game," said MacLellan. "The game's getting faster. He's going to have to train in a different way – a more speed way instead of a power way. He's gonna have to make adjustments to stay [relevant] in the game."
May 30 - 3:10 PM

Alex Ovechkin's wife shared a picture of his hamstring issue on social media on Saturday.

Looking at the picture, we can see why Ovechkin was lacking his usual burst. However, he didn't use it as an excuse when speaking to the media. "Of course you don't feel 100 percent—you don’t [have] strength in your leg—but you play through that, you know? Some players play with broken hand, broken leg, and you know, because it’s the playoffs," Ovechkin said. "You have to sacrifice your body to get success and get the result." The bruise covers a large portion of his leg and it was reported that he needed pain numbing injections to play through the injury. After another disappointing playoff campaign, it will be an interesting off-season in Washington. The picture can be seen by clicking on the link below.
May 13 - 3:41 PM

Alex Ovechkin won't need surgery for his knee and hamstring injuries.

As suspected, Ovechkin sustained the knee injury as a result of the low hip check he absorbed from Nazem Kadri during the first round. The hamstring was suffered in Game 3 of the second round. He won't play in the 2017 World Championship, but he should be fine for the 2017-18 campaign.
May 12 - 1:31 PM

Alex Ovechkin's lower-body injury was reportedly related to his knee and hamstring, per Team Russia head coach Oleg Znarok.

As previously reported, Ovechkin needed pain numbing injections during the playoffs. This information is all coming from Team Russia, so we'll have to wait to see if the Capitals later confirm all of this and provide further details. Either way, Ovechkin isn't participating in the 2017 World Championship.
May 11 - 6:36 PM

Alex Ovechkin was playing through a lower-body injury.

Ovechkin will not join Team Russia for the 2017 World Championship as a result. He also informed Team Russia that he was taking pain numbing injections during the playoffs. There's no details from the Capitals yet as to the nature of Ovechkin's injury, but it's worth noting that he absorbed a low hip check from Nazem Kadri during the first round that might be the source of his injury.
May 11 - 1:06 PM

With a loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 on Wednesday, Alex Ovechkin will once again fail to advance past the second round.

Ovechkin will turn 32 in September and despite some amazing seasons with the Capitals, Washington has never gotten to the Eastern Conference Final with him. The blame can't be solely thrust upon their star forward, but the fact remains that a championship is still far from Ovechkin's grasp despite the strong teams the Capitals have assembled in recent years. There's little they can do at the moment though but re-evaluate their situation and prepare for another attempt in 2017-18.
May 11 - 11:03 AM

Alex Ovechkin is projected to stay on the third line for Game 6 Monday night.

The Capitals moved Ovechkin to that line for Game 5 as a way to spread out their offense and because it opened Ovechkin up to be double shifted. That worked out well for the Capitals as Washington earned a 4-2 victory to stay alive in the series and Ovechkin scored a goal while logging 17:46 minutes of ice time. With that in mind, it's not surprising that he's projected to play with Lars Eller and Tom Wilson again.
May 8 - 3:34 PM

Alex Ovechkin found the back of the net in Washington's 4-2 win over Pittsburgh in Game 5 on Saturday night.

The Capitals were 20 minutes away from being eliminated from the playoffs, as they trailed the Penguins 2-1 going into the third. Instead of crumbling, Washington managed to get three goals from Nicklas Backstrom (2-2), Evgeny Kuznetsov (3-2) and Ovechkin (4-2) to close out the game. The goal was Ovechkin's first since Game 1 of the series. The Russian sniper has five goals and three assists in 11 playoff games. The Capitals now trail the best-of-seven series 3-2. Game 6 will be played in Pittsburgh on Monday night.
May 6 - 10:18 PM

Alex Ovechkin skated on the third line during Washington's morning skate on Saturday.

It's the second day in a row that he finds himself on a line with Lars Eller and Tom Wilson. The Capitals are facing elimination going into tonight's game, so it looks like head coach Barry Trotz is looking to shake things up to get his team's attention. Ovechkin has four goals and three assists in 10 games during the postseason.
May 6 - 11:22 AM

It looks like Alex Ovechkin will play on the third line in Game 5 on Saturday.

Ovechkin skated alongside Lars Eller and Tom Wilson. That obviously sounds like a shocking demotion for the superstar as the Capitals face elimination, but there are a few arguments against that notion. First, it's a way for the Capitals to spread their offense and perhaps complicate the Penguins ability to create effective matchups. Secondly, the Capitals might go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen, which would lead to some double shifting and Ovechkin could be the player in that role, so his presence might not be limited to the third line. That all said, how he's used in Game 5 will definitely be a point watched closely.
May 5 - 12:11 PM

Alex Ovechkin struggled in Washington's 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 4 on Wednesday.

Not only was Ovechkin held off the scoresheet, but he was limited to two shots on goal and he was charged with two minor penalties. Capitals coach Barry Trotz didn't criticize Ovechkin specifically after the loss, but he did say that "our top guys, I thought, weren’t as good as they needed to be." Ovechkin was productive in the first three games of the second round series as he had a goal and four points over that span.
May 4 - 10:48 AM

Alex Ovechkin found the back of the net in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Ovechkin cut Pittsburgh's lead to 2-1 with his goal at the 18:17 mark of the second period. Teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov tied the game at two in the third period, but Pens center Nick Bonino eventually gave his team the lead again. Ovechkin now has four goals and no assists in seven games during the 2017 playoffs. He finished tonight's tilt with two penalty minutes, three shots on goal and six hits in 19:11 of ice time. The Capitals will look to even up the series at home on Saturday.
Apr 27 - 10:53 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
5Chandler Stephenson
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Brett Connolly
3Tyler Graovac
4Jakub Vrana
5Nathan Walker
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Andre Burakovsky
3Tom Wilson
4Devante Smith-Pelly
5Riley Barber
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Dmitry Orlov
4Brooks Orpik
5Taylor Chorney
6Christian Djoos
7Madison Bowey
8Lucas Johansen
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer