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8 Alex Ovechkin RW
Height/Weight: 6-3/230 | Birthdate: 9/17/1985 | Birthplace: Moscow, Russia, USSR | Team: Washington Capitals | College: None | NHL Experience: 9 | Salary: $9,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/96 | Average Draft Position: 3.44
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6/2/2014

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Alex Ovechkin

Caps Expect Ovechkin To Be Healthy For Camp

News: The Washington Capitals released a statement updating Alex Ovechkin's condition and announced they are confident that Ovechkin "will be completely healthy prior to the start of training camp," J.J. Reagan of CSN Washington reports.
Analysis: The release announces Alex Ovechkin suffered a "right-leg" injury during a May 18th contest at the IIHF World Championships in Belarus during which Ovechkin appeared to injure his right knee during a mid-ice collision. Ovechkin missed a game, but would later return in the medal round to help lead Russia to a Gold Medal performance. The report seems to confirm that the defending Rocket Richard Trophy-winner has emerged from the annual tournament relatively unscathed and should be in normal condition for the start of the 2014-2015 NHL season. Unless an unexpected development occurs, he should have no health concerns to weigh down his draft status in fantasy leagues.

5/22/2014

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Alex Ovechkin

Caps' Ovechkin Returns To Action For Russia

News: Alex Ovechkin (knee) returned to the ice for Russia in their victory Thursday against France in the quarterfinals of the 2014 IIHF World Championship, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: The Russian captain only saw 12 minutes of ice time and recorded no shots on goal, but more than anything, it was a relief for the Capitals to see their franchise player skating again after suffering what looked to be a devastating knee injury Sunday. Alex Ovechkin was forced to miss only one contest for Russia, and should see his playing time rise as any lingering soreness he's still experiencing dies down.

5/19/2014

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Alex Ovechkin

Caps' Ovechkin Missing Time At Worlds

News: Alex Ovechkin (knee) will not play in Team Russia's final group game against Belarus, TSN reports.
Analysis: Alex Ovechkin will be held out of the lineup with a sore knee after suffering a devastating collision with Marcus Kink during Russia's previous game against Germany. The Richard Trophy winner could return to the lineup for the elimination round that begins this week.

5/19/2014

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Alex Ovechkin

Caps' Ovechkin Avoids Significant Damage

News: Alex Ovechkin's knee injury is not serious, the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Alex Ovechkin underwent some tests on his injured knee Sunday, and an MRI revealed no tears or significant damage. The star winger is expected to miss Russia's final preliminary game Tuesday, but could return to action later in the tournament, and he's expected to be fully recovered in time for the NHL season.

5/19/2014

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Alex Ovechkin

Caps' Ovechkin Suffers Knee Injury At Worlds

News: Alex Ovechkin suffered an apparent left knee injury while playing for Russia in the IIHF World Championships, Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press reports.
Analysis: The Russian team probably won't update Alex Ovechkin's injury until after the team completes their game against Germany, but the captain was writhing in pain after taking a hit to the knee and wasn't able to put any weight on it while exiting the ice. The Capitals will hold their breath while they await news on their 51-goal scorer.

5/18/2014

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Alex Ovechkin

Injury For Caps' Ovechkin 'Better Than Expected'

News: Alex Ovechkin was able to walk on his own without the aid of crutches after leaving the Russian team's game against Germany in the IIHF World Championships on Sunday, Slava Malamud of Sport-Express.ru reports. The Russian team doctor said that Ovechkin was feeling "better than expected."
Analysis: It certainly seems to be good news for Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals, who appeared to be fearing the worst after their star looked was unable to put any weight on his left knee following a hit. Ovechkin will remain with the Russian team in Minsk and await a more thorough diagnosis, but at the very least, it looks like he could miss a few games during the World Championships. It's certainly not an ideal scenario, but probably somewhat comforting news for the Capitals for the time being.

5/6/2014

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Alex Ovechkin

Caps' Ovechkin Named Captain For Russia

News: Alex Ovechkin has been named captain of Team Russia at the upcoming IIHF World Championships in Belarus, Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Analysis: Alex Ovechkin will lead Russia's attempt to vindicate itself on the international stage following a disappointing effort on home soil during the Sochi Olympics. Ovechkin also has the dubious distinction of trying to end a disappointing professional season on a high note as the Washington Capitals also failed to live up expectations and ended up missing the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. The reigning Rocket Richard Trophy winner has 15 goals and 27 points in 35 World Championship contests.

4/14/2014

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Alex Ovechkin

Caps' Ovechkin Wins Richard Trophy (Again)

News: Alex Ovechkin finished the season with 51 goals en route to his fourth Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy.
Analysis: The Great 8 finished with a team-high 79 points in 78 games, 39 of which came on the Capitals' vaunted power-play unit. Of course, much has been made in the media about Alex Ovechkin's ability to compile 51 goals and a minus-35 rating in the same season. His lack of even-strength production at the end of the season is a bit alarming, but no player provides Ovi's blend of goal scoring and hit production. A turbulent offseason likely awaits a Capitals team that has missed the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. However, look for Ovechkin to be a top-five player heading into next season's fantasy drafts.

4/11/2014

Alex Ovechkin, RW, WAS Ovechkin Guides Washington

Alex Ovechkin

Ovechkin Guides Washington

News: Alex Ovechkin notched a power-play goal and an assist in Friday's win over Chicago, giving him seven points in the last five games.
Analysis: Detractors of Alex Ovechkin will note that a handful of these points came in games where the Caps were already eliminated from playoff contention. Despite his abysmal minus rating, Ovechkin has been a boon for owners in leagues which reward shots on goal and power-play points, but there have been stretches where he disappears. Despite his inconsistencies, owners will need to be ready to pay a first-round price for the elite scorer against next fall.

4/8/2014

Alex Ovechkin, RW, WAS Caps' Ovechkin Hits 50 Goals

Alex Ovechkin

Caps' Ovechkin Hits 50 Goals

News: Alex Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the season and contributed two assists in Tuesday's win over the Blues.
Analysis: This is Alex Ovechkin's fifth 50-goal season, and he's now three points short of his seventh 80-point campaign. He also went plus-1, and is now plus-2 over his last three games (recording five points in that span) as he tries to avoid the dubious distinction of being the first man to lead the NHL in goals while having the league's worst plus-minus. Ovie's now minus-34, while Steve Ott's pushed past him to minus-37.

4/5/2014

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Alex Ovechkin

Ovechkin Gets Rare Assist For Caps

News: Alex Ovechkin picked up an assist in Saturday's shootout win over the Islanders. He now has 74 points, including a league-leading 49 goals, in 74 games.
Analysis: We love the goals, but we hate the plus-minus which currently stands at a somewhat incredulous minus-35 (the league's worst). Your format dictates his true fantasy value (as opposed to his perceived value based on name alone). Still, he's fun to watch. Too bad that doesn't count in fantasy.

4/4/2014

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Alex Ovechkin

Ovechkin Back On Caps' Scoresheet

News: Alex Ovechkin scored Washington's only goal in Friday's 2-1 loss to New Jersey, his first goal in a three-game span.
Analysis: The goal was the first even-strength tally Alex Ovechkin had potted in almost a month and was created by a Nicklas Backstrom turnover on the forecheck. Ovi is a goal away from 50 yet again and likely will get it, but he's been one of the league's most baffling players, sitting with a minus-35 rating. The Caps have issues at both ends of the ice, but Ovechkin has, simultaneously, been one of the brightest and most troubling aspects of the team.

4/2/2014

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Alex Ovechkin

Caps' Ovechkin Back With Backstrom

News: Alex Ovechkin skated on a line with Nicklas Backstrom and Mikhail Grabovski during Wednesday's practice, Sky Kerstein of 106.7 The FAN reports.
Analysis: Alex Ovechkin left the ice briefly after warmup stretches, but returned to finish the practice alongside Grabovski and Backstrom. The line was put together during Washington's embarrassing 5-0 loss to Dallas on Tuesday. With the Caps off until Friday's contest against New Jersey, head coach Adam Oates has plenty of time to change up his lines before the next game. However, this has the potential to be a potent unit and should help Ovechkin break the worst even-strength scoring drought of his career. Although he leads the NHL with 48 goals this season, Ovechkin has not scored at even strength in more than a month, certainly one of the main reasons the team finds itself on the outside of the current Eastern Conference playoff picture, and losing ground fast.

4/1/2014

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Alex Ovechkin

Ovechkin, Caps Swooning

News: Alex Ovechkin took four shots on goal and went minus-2 without a point in Tuesday's shutout loss to Dallas.
Analysis: That's three straight games without a point for Alex Ovechkin, who's also gone minus-5 -- shoving his season mark down to a league-worst minus-36. Still easily the league's leading goal scorer with 48, nine more than No. 2 man Corey Perry's total, Ovechkin has just four goals and an assist over his last 13 games, and he's a horrendous minus-13 in that span. The Caps have lost four straight, and Ovechkin's lack of production is a big reason why. He hasn't scored an even-strength goal since Feb. 27.

3/25/2014

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Alex Ovechkin

Caps' Ovechkin Racks Up Special-Teams Points

News: Alex Ovechkin scored two power-play goals and had the primary assist on Evgeny Kuznetsov's shorthanded goal that forced overtime in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Kings.
Analysis: A massive game for Ovi, who pushed his league-leading power-play-goal total to 22 and collected his first shorthanded point of the year. It's good to see from the star winger, as he had managed an uncharacteristically meager two goals and zero assists in his last nine games. However, he's still stunningly failed to register a positive rating since Feb. 8 -- the Caps' last game before the Olympics.

3/19/2014

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Alex Ovechkin

Ovechkin's Key Goal Carries Caps Past Ducks

News: Alex Ovechkin's third-period goal broke a 2-2 tie and sent the Caps to a critical win over Anaheim on Tuesday night. It's his league-leading 46th tally on the season.
Analysis: As we reported here earlier, he was paired most of the night with Marcus Johansson and Jay Beagle. As far as Alex Ovechkin is concerned, there's no reason for us to get complicated with the advice: Thou shalt start him at every opportunity.

3/18/2014

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Alex Ovechkin

Capitals Separate Ovechkin And Backstrom

News: Alex Ovechkin was skating with Jay Beagle and Marcus Johansson during Monday's practice, Mike Vogel of Monumental Network reports.
Analysis: The experiment began in the latter stages of Sunday's 4-2 win against Toronto, and it looks like head coach Adam Oates wants to try Alex Ovechkin with Jay Beagle and Marcus Johansson to start Tuesday's game against Anaheim. With Brooks Laich (groin) out after undergoing surgery and Mikhail Grabovski (ankle) still not practicing, the Capitals have had to shuffle the deck to balance their scoring lines. With only one goal to show for his last six games, it's not clear a grinder like Jay Beagle will be the setup man to get this year's Richard Trophy favorite back on track, but it's desperation time for a Capitals team on the outside of the playoffs late in the season.

3/11/2014

Alex Ovechkin, RW, WAS Caps' Ovechkin Slumping

Alex Ovechkin

Caps' Ovechkin Slumping

News: Alex Ovechkin went minus-1 without a point for the fourth consecutive game in Tuesday's shutout loss to the Penguins.
Analysis: The NHL's leading goal scorer has been getting shut down lately, and rarely worse than in this game -- he had just two shots on goal. Even when he's been scoring, the plus-minus hasn't been there for Ovi, as he's minus-26 on the season and minus-10 over his last seven games. Expect him to get back on the scoresheet soon.

3/6/2014

Alex Ovechkin, RW, WAS Two Points For Caps' Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin

Two Points For Caps' Ovechkin

News: Alex Ovechkin had his league-leading 44th goal to go along with an assist in Wednesday's loss to Philadelphia.
Analysis: That gives Alex Ovechkin an impressive four goals and three assists in his four games since the Olympics. The Art Ross Trophy is probably out of reach for Ovechkin with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby (83 points) owning a 16-point cushion over him, but the Washington forward could catch Toronto's Phil Kessel (70) and Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf (68) for the runner-up spot before the season is over.

3/1/2014

Alex Ovechkin, RW, WAS Caps' Ovechkin Roaring Out Of Break

Alex Ovechkin

Caps' Ovechkin Roaring Out Of Break

News: Alex Ovechkin added two more goals to his ledger as the Capitals defeated the Bruins on Saturday.
Analysis: After delivering an underwhelming performance for the Russian team during the Olympics, Alex Ovechkin has played with renewed vigor since joining his NHL team. He's supplied three goals in two assists over his first two games out of the break to pad his league-leading goal total. The two goals Saturday allowed Ovechkin to reach 800 points for his career.

2/28/2014

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Alex Ovechkin

Caps' Ovechkin Commences Post-Olympic Rampage

News: Alex Ovechkin scored the game-winning goal and added two assists (one on the power play) Thursday against Florida.
Analysis: Between the Russian hockey team's Olympic disappointment and his father having to undergo heart surgery, it's been a tumultuous month for Alex Ovechkin. Fortunately, dad's okay, and Ovi may be particularly motivated by his Olympic failure (two points in five games and no medal) to pour it on down the stretch.

2/25/2014

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Alex Ovechkin

Caps' Ovechkin Rejoins Team

News: Alex Ovechkin (personal) rejoined the Capitals for their practice Monday, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: After his Russian squad was ousted in the quarterfinals of the Olympics last Wednesday, Alex Ovechkin learned his father was dealing with heart problems, prompting the forward to stay by his side overseas. Ovechkin tweeted over the weekend that his father was "going to be good," and it now looks as though his availability for Thursday's game against the Panthers is no longer in question.

2/20/2014

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Alex Ovechkin

Caps' Ovechkin Return May Be Delayed

News: Alex Ovechkin may be delayed in his return to the Capitals from the Olympics after his father underwent heart surgery in Russia, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Alex Ovechkin and the Russians had an early exit from the Olympics with a loss to Finland. There is no official determination of when Ovechkin will return to the United States because he has much more important matters to deal with. It is something to monitor over the next week as teams return from the break.

2/13/2014

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Alex Ovechkin

Caps' Ovechkin Tallies Goal, Assist For Russia

News: Alex Ovechkin contributed a goal and assist for Team Russia in their 5-2 win over Slovenia on Thursday.
Analysis: It didn't take long for Alex Ovechkin to make his mark on the Olympics, as he notched his goal just over a minute into the first period and found Evgeni Malkin for another score less than three minutes later. With elite offensive talents like Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk skating with him in Sochi, Ovechkin should remain as similarly productive with the Russians as he is with the Capitals.

2/3/2014

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Alex Ovechkin

Ovechkin Delivers Game-Winner For Caps

News: Alex Ovechkin scored the game-winning goal to dispatch the Red Wings in overtime Sunday.
Analysis: It was the 39th tally of the season for Alex Ovechkin, who leads the league in that category by a wide margin. Ovechkin had been previously credited for a game-tying goal in Friday's shootout loss to the Red Wings, but an NHL review later ended up crediting Joel Ward with the score.