NHL Predictions: Alex Ovechkin and 5 Players Who Will Have a Letdown Year

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NHL Predictions: Alex Ovechkin and 5 Players Who Will Have a Letdown Year
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Big NHL seasons mean bigger expectations. If Alex Ovechkin puts up 80 points in a year the expectation becomes 90 for the next season. Some guys are able to live up to these lofty, ever-increasing standards. And some end up being labeled underachievers, or worse, one-hit wonders (I'm looking at you, Jonathan Cheechoo).

The 2011-2012 season in no different from any other. 2010-2011 produced some big years, setting up a few guys for inevitable failure viewed through the warped lens of anticipation and possibility.

Looking over some of the hefty numbers from last year, there are several players that won't be able to live up to the standards they have set for themselves with career, breakout or comeback seasons.

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