When it comes to how the NHL is going so far this season, many folks around the league and those who love the game are all talking about the start that Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews is off to.
It’s with good reason. Matthews is currently (as of October 18) dominating the league. As of this writing, Matthews leads the league in both goals (10) and points (16) and looks like he can’t be stopped.
With that said, there is another player who is flying under the radar. This player probably likes it because he knows that in the end, he’ll probably end up where he always ends up and that’s the top of the leaderboard.
Of course, I’m talking about Washington Capitals’ sniper and franchise leader in goals, Alex Ovechkin. For seven straight years, Ovechkin has won the Maurice Richard Trophy as the league’s leading goal scorer (7 times) so there is no doubt that he could end up winning it again if all goes right for him this season.
Ovi currently has 6 goals in 6 games after scoring two in his team’s 4-3 overtime victory over the New York Rangers on October 17. The number of goals he has already scored this season should not come as a surprise.
Ovi has also been a beast on the power play. He already has 3 power play goals and his scoring from his favorite spot in the top of the circle.
When his team goes on the power play, it is a given that he is going to score from that spot. I am not quite sure why the other 30 teams have not figured out how to stop that considering he has 232 career goals with the man advantage.
I actually think Ovechkin is going to go crazy this season offensively. Let’s take a quick look at why.
For starters, he’s Ovi. He already has 649 career goals, still has a ton of hockey left to be played this season, and is someone who continues to put pucks on net (has 25 shots so far this season).
Ovi also has absolutely no pressure on him. He finally won a Cup, he won a Conn Smythe Trophy as the league’s most valuable player in the playoffs, and he’s already accomplished everything an NHL player would want to accomplish in his career.
Lastly, it’s just the way his career has gone. He has always been a goal scorer and a point producer. I can’t imagine him being any other way.
Come April, I think we’ll be at least talking about Ovi has a 40-goal scorer this season. Heck, maybe he’ll hit 50!
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