No, he's not. But more specifically I'm not talking about 8 as a stand alone player. My point is broader and more complex. Players like Ovechkin, as the focal point of a team offensively, drag a team down more than elevate them. You and others seem to think that the blanket statement "more shots are better" is a science. It's not. Now, to be fair, I don't have a perfect formula for countering that argument but at least I'm willing to compile numbers and investigate. Thank God the voters didn't give McDavid the Hart last year. I don't care what anyone says. There is no way you can be the most valuable player in the league when the playoffs roll around and you're playing golf. What do you say? Hey, we're the best non playoff team? Without me, we'd have the worst record? But there are many people who just equate scoring the most points being the most valuable. It's rubbish. Ovechkin has long been overhyped when it comes to value. Is it any wonder why he has all those goal scoring titles but only 1 Art Ross despite only once missing more than a few games (which were partly missed due to being suspended)? Been at or below a point per game player 4 times in his career. Plays little to no defense for the bulk of his career. Bobby Hull (4.96) actually had more shots per game than Ovechkin (4.85) but then again, Hull had challengers like Gordie Howe (4.13), Bobby Orr (4.65) and Phil Esposito (4.03) chasing him. Ovechkin's comp in terms of shot volume are Ilya Kovalchuk (3.58), Rick Nash (3.42), Evgeni Malkin (3.38) and Zach Parise (3.35). So not only are the gaps much smaller, the level of comp is far greater in the case of Hull. And as it stands, the Caps have been past the 2nd round once. Once in 13 seasons. Teams that have done that more than one time since 2006? 2006: Canes, Sabres, Ducks, Oilers, 2007: Sens, Sabres, Ducks, Wings 2008: Pens, Flyers, Wings, Stars 2009: Pens, Canes, Wings, Hawks, 2010: Flyers, Habs, Hawks, Sharks, 2011: Bruins, Lightning, Nucks, Sharks, 2012: Devils, Rangers, Kings, Coyotes, 2013: Bruins, Pens, Hawks, Kings 2014: Rangers, Habs, Kings, Hawks, 2015: Lightning, Rangers, Hawks, Ducks, 2016: Pens, Lightning, Sharks, Blues 2017: Pens, Sens, Preds, Ducks, 2018: Caps, Lightning, Knights, Jets Pens = 5 Hawks = 5 Lightning = 4 Ducks = 4 Sharks = 3 Wings = 3 Kings = 3 Rangers = 3 Bruins = 2 Habs = 2 Sabres = 2 Sens = 2 Canes = 2 Flyers = 2 14 teams. Nearly half the league. Again, until the Caps prove last year wasn't an outlier, it is, mathematically speaking. Now, I probably just guaranteed them another Cup (jinx lol) but I said the same thing about Crosby and the Penguins in 2009. 1 isn't enough for a generational player to be crowned on. Most shots per game since 2006 on a per game basis are OV, Kovy, Evander Kane, Tyler Seguin, Rick Nash, Malkin, MacKinnon, Parise, Hall and Jeff Carter. Kovy, Kane, Nash, Mackinnon, Parise and Hall have 0 Cups. Seguin got 1 as a rookie in Boston, Malkin has 3, Carter has 2.