Washington Capitals: 4 Reasons Alexander Ovechkin Won't Have Bounce-Back Season

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Washington Capitals: 4 Reasons Alexander Ovechkin Won't Have Bounce-Back Season
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If you're talking about Alexander Ovechkin, 65 points in 78 games is an underwhelming statistic. Since he took the NHL by storm in 2005-2006, he's been almost an automatic 100 points every year, and anything less would have to be considered a slump, especially if that "less" is only 65 points.

There's no question that Ovechkin is still arguably the most talented player in the league, but his decline in production has seemed to coincide with the decline of the Capitals as a team. Whenever the NHL season does resume, Ovechkin will be counted on to shoulder a very different hockey club.

With a new head coach and a vacant Alexander Semin locker, Ovechkin might be the most consistent thing the Capitals have left—if he can't produce at a high level, the team is going to have a hard time keeping pace.

Ovechkin's slump is more than just a slump, and I believe it will continue for at least one more year for several reasons. Again, this isn't to discredit Ovechkin as a player, but I believe a lot of his trouble has to do with the team surrounding him. Allow me to explain myself.

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