M.V.P. is spelled O-V-E-C-H-K-I-N

If you thought the Washington Capitals were going to make the playoffs when the regular season started, you are lying to yourself. Sure Backstrom had a great freshman year, the deadline pickups of Cooke, Fedorov and Huet have improved the team and Bruce Boudreau’s coaching has been instrumental, but without Alex the Gr8, the Caps would be in the hunt for Stamkos, not Stanley. Bottom line, Ovechkin is the MVP of the Caps and, by the truest definition of the Hart Trophy “given to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team” is the runaway Hart trophy winner.

Not only did Ovechkin lead the league in both goals and points, becoming the first dual winner of the Rocket Richard and Art Ross trophies, but he did it in reccord setting style.

Ovechkin set the reccord for goals by a left winger with 65, beating out Luc Robitaille’s 63, set in 92-93 when he was fed passes from the Great One on a regular basis.

Of the 20 or so players that have scored more goals in a single seaon then AO, it can be argued that none, except maybe for the early, pre Jagr and Francis, Mario Lemieux did it with less of a supporting cast.

Also, with 65 goals, Ovechkin is only 2 away from the NHL Assists leader this year (Thornton, 67A through 81 games). This is a never before seen margin and clearly sets Ovechkin apart from other scorers. This phenomenon clearly indicates how much harder it is to score now then in the past.

AND he did all of this while playing a complete game. Ovechkin had 44 blocked shots and 220 hits, good for 9th in league.

It is not even a contest, this year A.O. is the M.V.P.


90 Responses to M.V.P. is spelled O-V-E-C-H-K-I-N

  1. BruMagnus says:

    Totally agree gronk.
    Check out my comments on why the Pens tanked the game vs. the Flyers in the Eastern Conference article, or the new stupid hockey poll.

  2. BruMagnus says:

    That is quite a damned impressive stat when you put it that way.
    I said, Ovechkin is totally worthy of all the Awards he will get. I just feel bad for Malkin who, let me rephrase it, would have won the Hart had Ovechkin been injured all season.
    In other words, I feel bad that Malkin's MVP-like season won't garner him the MVP because of AO's brilliant accomplishments.

  3. BruMagnus says:

    Let me ask you, if the Pens had lost Malkin to injury for 30 games, would the Pens have won the Atlantic? Would they have been in Top 2 position since the All-Star Break?

    Would they even have MADE the playoffs, considering how tight points are??

    It's a serious hypothetical. Most think the Pens wouldn't have done so, and their season was SAVED, absolutely saved, by Malkin (and a bit by Conklin).

    You are right though that AO IS the Caps, and as such, the Caps will be looking at a short playoff run. But at least they got a bunch of Awards! I know I always take pride in them!

  4. BruMagnus says:

    Who else did he play with then?

    1 rookie is hardly an insult. I guess Carey Price sucks because he is a rookie? Or Patrick Kane? OR Crosby and AO in their rookie seasons? LMAO you are stupid!

    They had a major impact, you are right. Thank you for signing off with your epithet of "moron."

  5. BruMagnus says:

    Well Malkin got it done with Malone and Sykora, putting up more points since the All-Star Break than AO, and having a sickening PPG average without Sid that was nearly half a point higher than AO's.

    Backstrom is not a nobody. I'll help educate you, seeing as you are a Canucks fan. Backstrom was a superstar in Sweden last year and was considered by many to be the second coming of a Mats Sundin type player. He may win the Calder Trophy this year, and AO getting so many points is in large part due to Backstrom's setups.

    You are right the TEAM sucks. I meant AO specifically had good supporting linemates. Not to mention Mike Green on the PP to help him get points.

  6. A-Train24 says:

    Ovechkin's supporting cast:

    Backstrom (82 14-55-69)
    Green (82 18-38-56)
    Kozlov (81 16-18-54)
    Semin (63 26-16-42)
    Laich (82 21-16-37)
    Nylander (40 11-26-37)
    Fleischman (75 10-20-30)

    Malkin's supporting cast:

    Crosby (53 24-48-72)
    Gonchar (78 12-53-65)
    Sykora (81 28-35-63)
    Malone (77 27-24-51)
    Whitney (76 12-28-40)
    Staal (82 12-16-28)

    Gonchar is much better then Mike Green, so let's not make that argument. 

    As for Backstrom, yes he was a superstar in Europe and will be a great player in the NHL, but first year Euros coming over to the NHL are completely unpredictable.  Yes he is good, but not 69 points good.

    To say that "AO getting so many points is in large part due to Backstrom's setups." is just plain stupid as Ovechkin played a much greater role in getting Backstrom 69pts, then Backstrom did to get Ovie his 112.  Case in point see the difference in points before Nylander's injury (when Backstrom was on the second line) and after (When he played with Ovie).

  7. BruMagnus says:

    This is one of those impossible arguments to conclude because it goes both ways.

    Look at AO's production BEFORE Backstrom came onto his line as well… he did way better WITH Backstrom… just as Malkin did WAY WAY WAAAAAAAY better without Crosby!

    I could also add that Backstrom got more points because HE finally played with a real winger…. the exact kinda arguments we used to hear about how AO needed a true center (Nylander, Backstrom or even Fedorov and even Kozlov) in order to get more points… which, when he finally did get one, he did!

    Anyways. I do agree the Pens are leaps and bounds superior to the Caps. And Gonchar will get SERIOUS Norris consideration this year. Top 5 for sure, possibly even 3rd, though I think 4th is fitting behind Lidstrom, Chara and Phaneuf.

  8. CofRED says:

    How is it possible that Peter Mueller doesn't even get his name on the ballot for the Calder??  4th in rookie points, 2nd in rookie goals, and arguably a weaker supporting cast than the rest (except perhaps Enstrom).

  9. King-Luongo says:

    Just so you know I'm not a Canucks fan, far from it. I wouldn't cheer for that sad sack team, I just come from Montreal and happen to think Luongo is amazing (most of the time). I don't need any enlightening either – I know Backstrom is amazing I saw him play in the world Juniors. All I'm saying is that Ovechkin influenced his point totals more than the other way around.

  10. Cake says:

    Here we go from Crosby is the best……to Fleury is the best…..to Malkin is the second best…..eventhough he will be better once he gets out of Pittsburg like our buddy Jagr

  11. morrissey says:

    Rookies don't turn established players into MVPs.

  12. BruMagnus says:

    It's TSN so who the frak knows eh…

  13. BruMagnus says:

    Are you saying Jagr was his best on Pittsburgh, when he won all his Art Ross Trophies and Hart?
    Or when he left Pittsburgh?

  14. morrissey says:

    You forgot Conklin is the best this year and Sabourin is the best in the AHL… they are all the best except that they finished 2nd… not the best.

  15. BruMagnus says:

    I had him banned before. He has reason to hate, though he's been excellent on here since his return, to his credit.

    The comment of Pittsburgh off the map though is terroristic and shouldn't be tolerated.

  16. BruMagnus says:

    ahh.. but it's not King-Price… yet ….  😉

    I say given AO's production before lining with Backstrom, that it was indeed Backstrom that helped AO get more points and vice-versa. They complimented each other.

  17. morrissey says:

    Except that you don't have any hockey awards because you've never played hockey.

  18. BruMagnus says:

    I don't recall you saying that last year when Crosby won it…
    But ya, Ao will easily get the Pearson.

  19. BruMagnus says:

    I don't recall you saying that last year when Crosby won it…
    But ya, AO will easily get the Pearson.

  20. BruMagnus says:

    Cause Kovalev was an MVP before this season…

  21. BruMagnus says:

    Totally.

    It's like, would you rather have Sean Connery or Ron Howard?

  22. BruMagnus says:

    I could add why Boudreau had so few votes, and why Therrien, given the injuries to Crosby and Fleury, none.
    No arguments against the Habs taking the Adams. They had an amazing turnaround season… but given the fact that the Pens did the same thing last year and still lost it to the idiot Canucks, I'm guessing the Predators, with all their departures and still squeaking in, will get it for some retarded reason….

  23. morrissey says:

    What's interesting is that Ovechkin got 100% of the 1st place MVP votes and Malkin did not even get 100% of the 2nd place votes. So much him even being a close consideration for that honor.

  24. Cake says:

    They are both ugly basta*ds if you ask me….now if you re-phrase that to the late 1960's I could understand! Connery was a stud…but I'm pretty sure Howard had all of his teeth. haha

  25. Cake says:

    No I'm just pointing out how his "star power" was over shadowed by Lemieux…which makes sense since Lemieux was one of the greatests. The same thing is happening to Malkin when Crosby is in the line up.

  26. CofRED says:

    I wasn't a member of HTR last year.  However, I've always felt the Pearson would be a better award than the Hart to me.  Think about it, whats better, having a bunch of guys in press boxes saying you're the best player in the league, or having the people you play against say you're the best player in the league??  It would mean way more to me to be voted MVP by the players than the writers.  Though the Hart is nothing to scoff about either…

  27. A-Train24 says:

    Kovalev changed the way he played… i.e. started caring… not because of any rookie, he just woke up.

  28. A-Train24 says:

    Boudreau won't get many votes because he came in after the season started… not really fair, but thats just how it is I guess.

    As for Therrien, sure his Pens are doing great despite the injuries, but is that really do to his coaching ability?  Especially when you have more deserving candidates such as Trotz and Carbo.

    As for Therrien last year, once again, he did well, coached the team well, but even if Vigneault hadn't won it last year (who's coaching was a bigger factor then Therrien's last year) then someone like Ted Nolan, who lead a team of nobodies to the playoffs would have won it ahead of Therrien.

    When voting for these matters you can't just look at the team's turnaround, but what role the coach had in that turnaround.  Therrien hadn't drastically changed the way the Pens played and last years jump can be more attributed to Crosby explosion and the addition of Staal and Malkin.

  29. morrissey says:

    Kindly point out the rookies on Kovalev's line.

  30. Canadian1967 says:

    Ovechkin is actually the second dual winner of the Rocket Richard and Art Ross trophies.

    Jarome Iginla did that in 2002.

    He was just as dominant that year compared to his peers, as AO was this year. (the numbers are very similar in comparison between the years)

               2001-2002                                                                           2007-2008
                  G     A     Pts   Pim   +/-   team+/-                              G     A     Pts   Pim   +/-   team+/-  
     
    Iginla     52    46    98    77    +27    -19                  Ovechkin    65   47    112   40    +28    +11

    Next best in those years?       (ranked by goals)

                2001-2002                                                                         2007-2008
                  G    A     Pts   Pim   +/-   team+/-                               G     A     Pts   Pim   +/-   team+/-  

    Iginla      52   46    98    77     +27    -19                Ovechkin     65    47   112    40    +28    +11 
    Sundin     41   39    80    94    +6     +42                Kovalchuk    52    35    87   52    -12     -56
    Murray    41   30    71    50    +31    +35                Iginla           50    48    98   83   +28     +2
    Naslund   40   50   90    50    +22   +43                  Malkin         47   59   106   78    +16    +40

    If you look at the numbers, then Iginla could arguably have had stronger numbers against the rest of the league in that year than Ovechkin did this year.

    Check out Iginla's +/- in 2001-2002.   +27 on a team that had a +/- of -19

    You might also remember that Iginla was robbed of the Hart trophy in 2002, otherwise he would have won all 4 major trophies that year!

    I'm not saying that Iginla is better than Ovechkin (I'm just saying that Iginla got robbed and so could Ovechkin). They are very different players, same as Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin and Eric Staal are different to each other.

    I still believe that Orr was the best of all time though. Even the Russians would agree.

    Someone else in this post stated AO is maybe the best Russian player ever. He may become that, but for now that mantle belongs to Kharlamov or Fetisov.

    As for who is better between Crosby and Ovechkin; think about the fact that Ovechkin may end up being the best Russian ever, but Crosby will be hard pressed to make it into the top 5 for Canada.

    Even if he does end up being the better player than Ovechkin!

  31. Canadian1967 says:

    The rest of my post which doesn't seem to show above.

    If you look at the numbers, then Iginla could arguably have had stronger numbers against the rest of the league in that year than Ovechkin did this year.

    Check out Iginla's +/- in 2001-2002.   +27 on a team that had a +/- of -19

    You might also remember that Iginla was robbed of the Hart trophy in 2002, otherwise he would have won all 4 major trophies that year!

    I'm not saying that Iginla is better than Ovechkin (I'm just saying that Iginla got robbed and so could Ovechkin). They are very different players, same as Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin and Eric Staal are different to each other.

    I still believe that Orr was the best of all time though. Even the Russians would agree.

    Someone else in this post stated AO is maybe the best Russian player ever. He may become that, but for now that mantle belongs to Kharlamov or Fetisov.

    As for who is better between Crosby and Ovechkin; think about the fact that Ovechkin may end up being the best Russian ever, but Crosby will be hard pressed to make it into the top 5 for Canada.

    Even if he does end up being the better player than Ovechkin!

  32. BruMagnus says:

    If you meant that Conklin finished 2nd in SV% in the entire NHL just after Dan Ellis (off by .001%) then you are right. He was not the best.

  33. BruMagnus says:

    Ah! Now that makes a lot of sense!
    Ya, Jagr did light it up when Mario retired, but I'm sure he prefered playing with Mario centering him. It's a little different with Malkin and Crosby since both are centers.

    I mean, I'm SURE Ovechkin and Malkin would KILL to be on the same line! Could you IMAGINE!??! ***** me that'd be hot! Damn.. coulda had Sid and Ovechkin on the same line if we hadn't lost the lottery, though I'm not complaining since Malkin is pimp!

  34. BruMagnus says:

    I dunno man, people STILL find Connery and his toupee sexy!
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/202953.stm
    Sean Connery named Britain's sexiest actor

    Sean Connery is named world's sexiest senior in smouldering over-60s poll
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/showbiz/showbiznews.html?in_article_id=485446&in_page_id=1773
     beating his Indiana Jones screen son, Harrison Ford.

    At 77 it is a mantle he wears well wear…

  35. BruMagnus says:

    I totally agree and have been of said opinion for years. I mean I thought last year's THN poll, which asked which player was the best in the NHL where the results had well over 50% for Crosby in 1st, with only 7.8% for Thornton in second, was a HUGE compliment for Crosby.

  36. BruMagnus says:

    The Penguins played 37 different players this year, and Therrien had to juggle those morons around, especially when Crosby, Talbot, Fleury, Eaton, Roberts and Hall were all out. In one game, 7 of the 12 forwards were AHLers, and the Pens won.
    Therrien deserves lots of credit for his coaching.
    Now, I'm definitely not saying that another coach couldn't have done similarly, or better, but simply because the Pens have the most famous players in the NHL and the NHL's poster boy, doesn't mean it should take away from the excellent job the coach has done.

  37. BruMagnus says:

    Let's also add that Iginla was on a nonplayoff team AND he actually TIED Theodore for 1st in Hart votes, but lost the Trophy because he had less 1st placed votes.

  38. Radio says:

    Caps-4-Cup.

    The one-man dynasty has begun.

  39. BruMagnus says:

    I think his training from Pittsburgh finally kicked back in!

  40. BruMagnus says:

    Ovechkin sucks.

    I predict 3 points in the playoffs.

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