January 3-- He's becoming the key ingredient for a young and still learning squad of players, but Alexander Ovechkin gives everybody the impression he's quite possibly the next big name to watch for. Ovechkin leads all NHL rookies in scoring and holds down 13th place overall with his 46 points, almost evenly split with 24 goals and 22 assists thus far in the season. For all his hard work.
His play elevates the Capital attack whenever he's on the ice, the Caps young wunderkid gets a point on 54% of all the Capital scoring. Take away his play on the left wing and there's a very good chance that the Capitals scoring potential drops dramatically.
Frequently mentioned in the same breath as Sidney Crosby, Ovechkin seems determined to remind NHL observers that there is more than one name to watch, and more than one name to consider for the Calder trophy.