Alexander Ovechkin as well as being this team's franchise player, he is very vital in broadening the NHL. Which has been hard for him to take more of the spot light off of Crosby as he's Russian.
Despite this Ovechkin has jumped head first into the North American culture and has improved his English very well. He's the most exciting player in the NHL making high-light after high-light goals. He has great speed, a heavy hitter, underrated passer, great hands, and did I mention one hell of a shot.
Some say Ovechkin scores the most because he shoots the most. Well that is true but Ovechkin doesn't just shoot the puck when he has it, he shoots it to make opportunities in front of the net as well.
He'll shoot the puck from anywhere in the offensive zone and if it doesn't go in more than likely there's a rebound in front of the net for someone else to knock it home.
Ovechkin has improved his game defensively, which has made Boudreau trust Ovechkin to play the final minutes of tight leads and is seeing more PK time.
He's learning to be a better overall player, always improves his game in some aspect every year. He's a back to back Hart Trophy and Lester B. Person, and Rocket Richard winner.
He'll most likely win the Rocket Richard and will be a finalists for the Hart and Lester B. Person again, and will be neck and neck with Crosby and Malkin to win the Art Ross trophy. But none of those mean anything to Ovechkin as he wants the Stanley Cup more.
After a second round loss, expect Ovechkin to more determined to lead his team to the promise land. He has a great cast around him in Backstrom, Semin, Green, and now Knuble to improve his numbers, theirs, and the teams. Expect Ovechkin to score 55-68 goals and 110-120 points barring injury.
His team will win the Southeast division again under him and could win the Eastern Conference crown despite their thin blue line and questions over their goal tending.
The Capitals always have a chance to be a contender with Ovechkin there and that's why they signed him to the richest NHL contract ever at 13 years at $124 million.
Expect Ovechkin to be given the C very soon as he's been leading the team with his unmatched energy and excitement for the game and his heart. Ovechkin has broken the mold of the stereotype that's been given to Russians that they're too soft and they're emotions match those of robots.
No one in the game shows more emotion than this man and it has caught on in the league and has made the product better.