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Alex Ovechkin's struggles have been no secret.
Last season, the NHL's most dynamic player posted 32 goals and 85 points, with career lows across the board. At 26, the Russian should be entering his prime, but this season has been no different. With his 12 goals and 25 points through 35 games, Ovechkin is on track for new career lows of 28 goals and 59 points, hardly the production you'd expect from a two-time Hart Trophy winner making $9 million a year.
Alex Ovechkin will come back. It's a matter of time, but he will come back. The Russian has been double and triple-marked by defenders throughout his career, and that has started to catch up with him. That, and the fact that the Caps have moved to a more defensive-minded style, have been the reasons for his decline.
Now, with Dale Hunter in charge, Ovechkin is learning to play a new way, drive-to-the-net, get-in-your-face game, and it is paying dividends. He looks like a new player under Hunter. He has three goals in the last five games, and things are starting to click for him. Before you know it, Ovechkin will be back, and it will be very, very scary.