Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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Alex Ovechkin is so good, he's an All-Star at a position he doesn't even play. That is apparently the conclusion of the NHL media after selecting Ovechkin on Wednesday to the All-Star first team at right wing, where he played all 44 games this season, and to the second team at left wing, where he played just four. That's right. The Washington Capitals star, a left-winger prior to this season, changed positions under new head coach Adam Oates before this campaign. After a brief stint back at left wing , Ovechkin played the bulk of this past season at the new position, where he tallied the majority of his league-leading 32 goals. He received a dominant 103 first-place votes at right wing and finished second only to Chris Kunitz of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the left-wing voting. A total of 45 voters gave him either a first- or second-place vote at the phantom position. All this despite a memo being sent out by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, attempting to clarify to ...
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