Alex Ovechkin: The Washington Capitals’ New Assist Machine

November 30th, 2010 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
The bad news is Alex Ovechkin has not scored many goals as of late.  The good news is Alex Ovechkin has not scored many goals as of late.

For quite a while Ovechkin has been viewed as a goal-scorer and not an assist man. If you look at his career totals at the start of the 2010-11 season and compare him with (who else) Sidney Crosby that theory would seem to hold true.

At the start of the season, Ovechkin had 269 goals and 260 assists. Crosby’s totals were 183 goals and 323 assists.

Something has happened as of late. Ovechkin has become an assist machine.

In 14 games in November, Ovechkin has scored three goals while piling up 16 assists. The goal total is the lowest single-month total of his career, while his assist total is the second highest one-month total of his career.

Ovie’s 22 assists this season, put him at third in the NHL, behind Crosby (23) and Henrik Sedin (25).

Ovechkin had this to say about his new role: “It is something new. Probably it is not my time [to score] right now.”

Teammate Nicklas Backstrom offered his thoughts: “I think teams are just mor ...

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