Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 6 Days
Ovechkin had two goals, an assist, and eight shots in Washington's 6-5 shootout loss to San Jose.
The reigning Richard Trophy winner is picking up where he left off with four goals in his first three games to start the season. Tied for third in the league in goals and fourth in the league for shots, Ovechkin is a multi-category monster that looks to be in line for another great fantasy season.
Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 9 Days
Ovechkin scored his first two goals of the season in Saturday's 4-0 win over Boston.
The first came on a patented Ovie one-timer from the left circle while on the power play; the second was a blistering snipe off a nice feed from Nicklas Backstrom. He also laid three hits and fired seven shots. He delivers a classic goals/hits/shots trifecta every season and this one should be no different.
Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 11 Days
Though he didn't tally a goal or assist in Thursday's season-opening loss to the Canadiens, Ovechkin turned in an active outing. He supplied four shots on goal and six hits in the shootout defeat.
The Capitals will look to turn Ovechkin into more of a two-way threat under defensive-minded coach Barry Trotz, but the 29-year-old's goal-scoring ability is what will always drive his fantasy value. He didn't notice much of a dropoff in his scoring during the preseason, and it should be just a matter of time before he stats delivering point-per-game production.
Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 24 Days
Ovechkin scored two power-play goals during the Capitals' 5-4 win over the Bruins on Friday.
There have been whispers that Ovechkin's goal-scoring may regress a bit under new coach Barry Trotz, and although his even-strength production may take a slight decline, he's shown in preseason action that he's still the NHL's most lethal goal scoring threat on the man advantage. Draft Ovechkin with confidence in all formats, especially if he gets dual-position eligibility since he's back to his old stomping grounds on the LW.
Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 1 Month
Head coach Barry Trotz is "leaning towards" having Ovechkin start the season at his former position of LW, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
Trotz had indicated previously during the summer that he would keep Ovechkin at RW to start the season off, but Prewitt speculates that something may have changed over the summer or that Trotz, like his predecessor, plans to move Ovechkin between both wings. The flexibility should help Ovechkin keep his place as one of the league's top goal scorers, and this should do nothing to adversely affect his fantasy appeal.
Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 3 Months
Ovechkin was involved in a minor car accident in Russia on Monday, Russian Machine Never Breaks reports.
It was a minor incident, so no worries -- Ovi didn't aggravate his knee injury or suffer any new ones. The NHL's reigning goal-scoring king is healthy and seems ready to defend his title under new head coach Barry Trotz.
Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 3 Months
Alexander Radulov, who had a roller coaster relationship with current Capitals head coach Barry Trotz praised his former bench boss, Joe Yerdon of NBC Sports reports.
The statement is a bit of a surprise considering Radulov's rocky conclusion to his NHL career when he served under Barry Trotz in Nashville. While it's just one man's opinion, the fact that an enigmatic, offensive wizard like Radulov respects Trotz bodes well for Ovechkin's transition to the former Predators coach, as Ovechkin is committed to doing what it takes to bring a Stanley Cup to DC. Although there may be some growing pains, the chances that Ovechkin becomes a moody, disgruntled, and ineffective player should decline with this revelation. A perennial Rocket Richard candidate and fantasy stud, this insight should give you all the more reason not to be scared by Trotz's arrival in DC when it comes to taking Ovechkin in your fantasy league.
Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 4 Months
Alex Ovechkin is upbeat after the Capitals were able to sign defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen.
"That our team signed such guys [as Niskanen and Orpik] - that's a very strong move," Ovechkin said. "Orpik, for example, is a very physical defenseman. If he plays on your team - it's a positive for you. But the results will be at the end of the season, it hasn't even started yet. Who knows what other changes are coming to the team- maybe there will be a trade or something else." Not everything that happened for the Capitals this summer was a positive in Ovechkin's eyes. He had a close relationship with Mikhail Grabovski and he's said to see him go.
Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 4 Months
Coach Barry Trotz said that Alex Ovechkin will need less 'glide' in his game next season.
Trotz also said that Ovechkin will start the season on the right wing. "Alex has got a little too much glide maybe in his game," Trotz said. "He's trying to score too much, so he's getting not as much space actually. You remember Alex when he would get that speed and he's moving and he can do things with the puck. He can beat you with his skill, he can beat you with his size and speed and hold you off. When you're standing still you're really easy to cover. I was just talking to Alex and said we gotta get a little more space for you. Sometimes that's coming back [into the defensive zone] and getting the puck in a good position. Sometimes when you're standing still you think you're in a position where if I get the puck I'll score. But you're easier to cover and we talked about that. That's a process." Ovechkin seems to be interested in improving so look out for him next season.
Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 5 Months
New Washington coach Barry Trotz wants to develop a trusting relationship with Alex Ovechkin.
"It starts with the relationship," Trotz said. "I know I'm going to work at that, but it can't happen until I have a relationship with him, because there's no trust. To me, Alex has to trust that I'm giving him the best advice for the team, for him to grow his game. I don't know Alex as well. I know going against him, what he does well. But I need to know Alex the person." He wants to sit down with Ovechkin soon to go over how he wants the Capitals' captain to play and what role he'll have in the system. Trotz never had a 40-goal scorer in Nashville and former bench boss Adam Oates helped Ovechkin register an NHL-best 51 goals last season after he switched him to a right winger. Trotz is expected to try to assist Ovechkin in becoming better in his own end.