Apologists can make up all the excuses they want for Alex Ovechkin. However, no matter what they say, it's clear that Ovechkin has not been the premier goal scorer during the last two seasons that he was in his first five years with the Washington Capitals.
On many nights, he has appeared to be just another guy in uniform. On other nights, he has appeared lost in Washington's defensive system.
Will he recapture his old magic under new coach Adam Oates? Perhaps, but he has been a disappointing underachiever the last two years.
Underachieving is a fact of life in the NHL. Here's a look at 10 players who are bound to underachieve—compared to their potential—during the 2012-13 season.