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The numbers don't lie: Alex Ovechkin's offensive production has declined since he was named team captain.
Ovi was given the captain's "C" during the 2009-10 season, in time for the game on January 5, 2010. Prior to that season, Ovechkin averaged at least 0.56 goals per game in each of his four years in the NHL, including a career high of 0.79 during the 2007-08 season. Even during the season in question of 2009-10, Ovi would eventually average 0.69 goals per game to lead the league in that category for the third straight year.
But prior to the game on January 5, 2010, Ovechkin had scored 26 goals in 33 games, for an average of 0.79 goals per game. From that game on, Ovechkin averaged 0.62 goals per game by scoring 24 goals in the remaining 39 games. He has not been the same goal scorer since.
In 2010-11, Ovechkin averaged 0.41 goals per game, a career low that was, thankfully, not repeated. In 2011-12, Ovechkin's goal scoring improved slightly, as his average rose to 0.49 goals per game. But it was the second straight season in which he averaged less than half a goal per game, the only two such seasons in his career.
It seems being team captain has Alex Ovechkin's focus away from goal scoring.