Originally posted on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 10/13/11
The criticisms of Alex Ovechkin have been piling on for the last few seasons, from his effectiveness as a leader to his abilities in perform in the clutch to his body mass. The more the Washington Capitals underachieve, the more intense the critiques. Such is life as the star captain of an NHL team. But there's another, underlying critique of Ovechkin that's nearly inconceivable in its accusation: That a player who was considered on the fast-track to becoming one of the League's legendary offensive stars has lost his fastball. That, at the ripe old age of 26 years old, we may have already seen the best of Alex the Great. It's an easy accusation to make following a season in which Ovechkin's numbers declined dramatically across the board. In 2009-10, he had a 1.51 points-per-game average to lead the NHL; in 2010-11, Ovechkin's PPG was down to 1.08. He lead the NHL in goals per game average and goals created per game average from 2007-10; those numbers dipped dramatically last seas...
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