Discussion in 'Washington Capitals' started by g00n, Aug 20, 2015.
Vol. 1: http://hfboards.mandatory.com/showthread.php?t=1344353
He's gonna go to the Olympics, regardless of Bettman's decisions. Atta boy Ovi.
terrible way to end a thread. RIP.
Also discussed in the OT thread first. Very unfortunate.
Yeah sucks. She's in a better place tho I'm sure.
It does strike me funny that when Ovechkin broke into the league the first 4 years everyone (generally media wise). During his down years they then turned against him something fierce.
Now they seem to have swung back around to liking him.
Looking back to about the 20 game mark of Oates' first year I am glad he has recaptured his touch, confidence and his enthusiasm. At times it really didn't look like he was going to. Guess he ROARED back.
As a now older beer league player I dont believe Ovi's stick handling has regressed. I assume mose of you guys play or have played for a long time. What I find having played forever is you simply become much smarter. Ovi is choosing not to try and dangle every player he encounters. What we are remembering is the 25 times Ovi absolutely danced thru people 5-6 years ago but we are forgetting the 1500 times he was simply stopped, checked or lost the puck. Its funny playing against much younger players now that will try to dangle you every single time. I believe that part of one's game fades with experience. Keeping possession for your team becomes the goal.
I don't think he has the skate speed and quickness he used to have. He may still have the hands but the same moves don't work as much if you're not also blowing by guys.
He's also getting double and triple teamed more. Watched game 2 of the 2009 series vs the Penguins yesterday and he had so much more room on the ice. They all did.
The league flat out giving up on obstruction penalties doesn't help either.
I think his shot has improved. He replaced the long sweeping wrist shot with the quick snap shot as his #1 shooting weapon. His release is more compact and he didn't really lose any power or accuracy.
His one-timer improved too.
He has less room on the ice, but he needs less room to get it in the back of the net. It compensates for the speed he lost.
His shot has always been seemingly unstoppable, except for a period where he couldn't hit the net and his gear was suspected as a culprit. In the game I watched yesterday all his shots were insanely sharp. He buried a one-timer off a PP(?) faceoff from his current turret spot and the agility he had in just getting there was nuts. Then he fit it in a sliver of space shortside vs MAF. All in maybe a bit over one second from puck drop.
As great as he was last year he's still not the same player stylistically
Compared to this season:
I don't know about stylistic change. Sure, he now relies on his shot and positioning more than on dangles and footraces, but he's still capable of both, he scores highlight reel goals again, and he didn't have Young Guns, an all-offense coach and the refs who call everything last year. I'd say Ovechkin has evolved really well.
Who cares, the current Ovechkin is a better player than 2011/2012 Ovechkin.
He's still fun to watch, and he actually scores 50 goals again.
50 goals is 50 goals last time I checked, unless it's scored on the PP, which seemingly counts for less according to HF.
Ovi following that Ronaldo career path.
If it means winning scoring titles, MVP awards and championships, I'm okay with that
how many points do you think Alex will score next season?
I'm thinking roughly 50/35. With the addition of Oshie and Williams i'm sure he'll be tearing it up, plus age shouldn't be a factor at this point yet. What i'm really hoping for though is that he shines in the big stage and scores some beauties in the playoffs to prove the haters wrong.
I see 50/40/90 for Ovi this year. Little jump in production with the addition of Oshie/Williams and the youngsters Kuz/Bura taking a step forward.
What really matters is what happens in April/May/June. It's time to win.
Just need to avoid the Rangers in the yoffs.
Ovi versus the Rangers scores at a 38 goal pace.
Ovi versus everyone else scores at a 48 goal pace.
Apparently OV is getting married:
Hopefully it helps him as a hockey player
Do they wear their wedding rings on their right hand in Russia?
She looks like a decade younger than him...lucky SOB
It pays to be the best player in the NHL
It didn't work that well the previous time with Kirilenko. Let's hope Nastya sticks around and attends every game at VC. You don't want Ovi to get angry and to start smashing things in the locker room
Yeah, let's hope it goes better this time