Not all number one draft picks can live up to the hype in their professional debut, but Alex Ovechkin did.
On October 5, 2005, Alex Ovechkin debuted with the Washington Capitals, and gave the organization, its fans and the entire league a taste of the wide array of skills he brings to the hockey rink.
On the very first shift of his NHL career, Alex Ovechkin hit Columbus Blue Jackets defender Radoslav Suchy so hard into the boards that a beam came loose, and the game had to be stopped for a couple minutes to complete repairs. Ovechkin also scored two goals, including a blistering one-timer for his first NHL goal. He became the first Washington Capitals player to score twice in his NHL debut.
Capitals owner Ted Leonsis was immediately impressed, as he told ESPN:
The first check he threw to start the game, I said, 'That's my boy. That's what we want. We want our star players to work hard and be a part of the team. Every time we got down, he answered, and that's what superstars do.
Ovechkin was pleased as well, saying "We win this game, and I scored the goals. And I'm very happy."
Ovi's career was off to a flying start.