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Name: Alexander OvechkinWashington Capitals (#1/2004 NHL Draft)

Rating: 99
Height: 187cm/6'2"
Weight: 91kg/200.2 lb
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Right
Born: 1985-09-17
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2005-06 Team Russia Away - Sold
Sergei Shirokov (Vancouver Canucks): a biography (08/22/2009)
Alexander Avtsin (Montreal Canadiens): Ovechkin is Ovechkin, and I have to be Avtsin (07/21/2009)
Alexander Avtsin (Montreal Canadiens) on Ovechkin's track (07/11/2009)
Montreal wants Ovechkin copy (07/06/2009)
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Player News
06/23/2011 2011 NHL Entry Draft: Russian Prospect Preview

Its a bit of a weird draft for the Russians this time. Next year projects to be an amazing year for the country, with a potential 1-2 showing much like Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) and Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) back in 2004. This year, 'the Russian factor' seems to loom large. A lot of NHL teams have cut back in scouting Russia because they don't feel its worth dealing with KHL teams, and we're seeing a clear preference for players that come to play major junior in North America as a result. The end result? The best Russian players may not be the first taken, and nearly every Russian player seems to end up being a potential steal if the NHL team can convince them to come, slipping to the third round or later. ( article by Bruce Peter) READ MORE
02/17/2010 Russia gets the first Olympic win over Latvia

Sr. IIHF Winter Olympics -  Russia got an easy win in the first game of the 2010 Olympics against Latvia. Team Russia didn't look overly impressive, most likely saving some energy for the games against better opponents. Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) and Danis Zaripov scored two goals each in team Russia's 8-2 win. KHL players got the first two goals of the match. Danis Zaripovopened the score after a couple of minutes thanks a great pass by Sergei Fedorov, while Alexander Radulov made it a 2-0 game at 7:46. Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) scored the third goal for Russia with only thirty seconds to go in the first period. ( article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
11/02/2009 Alexander Ovechkin looks to IMG for breakthrough deals

National Hockey League (NHL) -  An interesting article about Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) signing with IMG management, sponsorship, licensing and marketing agency. While the article states that this was all new to Alexander, he was actually represented by IMG when the management company also had a hockey player agency division that was subsequently sold a few years back. That was before he signed with Don Meehan and left IMG in an alleged bidding war for his representation. Interesting read though. (Washington Business Journal article by Tripp Mickle and Liz Mullen) READ MORE
09/18/2009 Russian prospect makes impression on, off ice
09/10/2009 Alexander Ovechkin: Nobody can say to me, 'You can't play for your country in the Olympic Games
09/10/2009 Alexander Ovechkin: Nobody can say to me, 'You can't play for your country in the Olympic Games
08/31/2009 Smyl discusses newcomer Sergei Shirokov (Vancouver Canucks)
07/24/2009 Ovechkin headlines list of top 10 Russian players
07/21/2009 Alexander Avtsin (Montreal Canadiens): Ovechkin is Ovechkin, and I have to be Avtsin
03/01/2009 Alexander Ovechkin laughs off Cherry's on-air criticism
01/15/2009 Freeze out: Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) friendship grows cold
01/10/2009 The Great Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
08/01/2008 NHL star Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) enjoys Moscow break
05/12/2008 Russians rush past Swiss
05/12/2008 Alexander Ovechkin leads Russia to buzzer-beating win
05/06/2008 Web Site News: Canada edges U.S., Russia beats Denmark at hockey worlds
04/29/2008 Canada gets an early wakeup call (Russia beats Canada)
04/26/2008 Radulov, Ovechkin, Semin and Fedorov join national team
03/21/2008 Russian prospects - 2010 Winter Olympics Hockey Outlook
03/07/2008 Which Russian Superstar Has Had the Better Season? ( article)
10/02/2007 New centre, new expectations have Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) geared up
07/02/2007 Where have the Russians gone? Draft sees only 9 Russian players selected, the lowest total since 1988
04/26/2007 Team Russia announces final roster
04/25/2007 Russia barely squeezes by Austria 4:3 in friendly match
04/25/2006 Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) already in Moscow
02/05/2006 Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals): Don’t Worry, Russia! (Sport Express Interview)
09/24/2005 Alexander Ovechkin (Washington): My dream came true!
09/24/2005 Alexander Ovechkin (Washington): My dream came true!
09/16/2005 Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) to miss two exhibition games
09/14/2005 Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals): I am living in Washington GM's house (SovSport Interview)
08/20/2005 Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals): By the end of August I'll be in Washington (Interview)
08/05/2005 Caps officially ink Alexander Ovechkin to a 3 year deal
07/23/2005 IIHF and NHL sign a new player transfer agreement
07/22/2005 Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) leaves a million with his Motherland ( Interview)
07/20/2005 Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) clears path to the NHL
07/13/2005 Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals): The only case in which I would go to Washington right now is if Dynamo wins the Arbitration Court hearing.
07/09/2005 Avangard offers Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) 1.8 million dollars!
07/07/2005 Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) leaves Russia, Dynamo’s Management gives him new offer
07/06/2005 Avangard (Omsk) takes Alexander Ovechkin's (Washington Capitals) case to RSL arbitration court
07/05/2005 Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals): I want to go to Omsk! (Sport Express Interview)
07/02/2005 Omsk enters the Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) sweepstakes
05/29/2005 Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) reportedly staying with Dynamo (Moscow)
05/12/2005 Rumor Central: Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) pursuing Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
05/08/2005 Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) and Fedor Fedorov (Vancouver Canucks) scratched for game against the Czechs
03/05/2005 Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) makes gradual return
02/08/2005 Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) on the mend
11/13/2004 Russia loses a close game to Finland (box score, game notes)
11/01/2004 Round 23: Metallurg Mg. - Dynamo Moscow Game Notes
10/30/2004 Sergei Gonchar (Boston Bruins) suffers serious concussion
10/27/2004 Round 22: Lada Togliatti vs. Dynamo Moscow Game Notes
09/06/2004 World Cup Hockey: Ovechkin earns respect, little playing time(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
09/06/2004 Russia's Ovechkin is worth the long wait (Teenager scores and belts with best - Toronto Star)
07/21/2004 RussianProspects 2004 NHL Entry Draft Recap Part 1: Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Alexander Radulov
07/20/2004 Washington Capitals development camp gets under way with Semin on sidelines, without Ovechkin
07/02/2004 New photos of Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators), Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins), and Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) added
06/28/2004 McPhee does not disappoint, Washington Capitals draft Ovechkin 1st overall (RP Exclusive Interview)
06/27/2004 Ovechkin is just part of foundation (Washington Times article)
06/23/2004 Top prospect Alexander Ovechkin of Russia ready to play in the NHL
06/01/2004 Alexander Ovechkin (2004 NHL Entry Draft) selected to Russia's World Cup squad
05/31/2004 Russian superteen Ovechkin seen as NHL's next big star (AP Sports)
05/14/2004 OVECHKIN OR MALKIN? DOES IT MATTER? ( article)
04/30/2004 Alexander Ovechkin chosen over Sergei Mozyakin (Columbus Blue Jackets), who was sent home from national team
04/29/2004 Alexander Ovechkin Interview: There shouldn’t be a second place finish for an athlete
04/25/2004 Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin (both 2004 NHL Entry Draft prospects) win season end Russian Super League awards!
03/12/2004 Alexander Ovechkin misses game due to minor injury, but will be return against Lada
11/26/2003 The Central Scouting Bureau released the preliminary rankings today.
11/15/2003 Alexander Ovechkin played his second game since returning fromt he leg injury.
11/13/2003 Alexander Ovechkin returned into Dynamo Moscow’s lineup for the first time since suffering the leg injury while with the national team.
11/08/2003 Alexander Ovechkin suffered a leg injury during the friendly game prior to the start of the Karjala Cup EuroTour tournament.
11/06/2003 2004 NHL Entry Draft top prospect Alexander Ovechkin bruised his leg while skating for the senior national team.
Scouting Evaluations:
Semifinals - Russia vs. USA Detailed Game Notes: Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) Carries Russia Forward
U20 WJC: Russia - Switzerland Player Game Notes - Lisin's (Phoenix) best game thus far
U20 WJC: Russia - Belarus Player Game Notes - Ovechkin (Washington) scores twice
Russia vs. Czech Republic Detailed Game Notes: Malkin shines, Shirokov scores
Russia vs. USA Detailed Game Notes: Belov and Megalinsky - Russia's top performing defensive pairing
Scouting Game Notes: Ak Bars (Kazan) vs. Dynamo (Moscow)
Scouting Game Notes: Metallurg (Mg.) vs. Dynamo (Moscow)
Draft Rankings and Comments:
Rank 1: #1
Rank 2: #1
Rank 3: #1
Rank 4: #1
Talent Analysis:
(headshot photo source: exclusive photo)
Skating: A superb skater with excellent acceleration and top speed...has the ability to quickly accelerate to top speed...maintains a fast tempo throughout the game...very hard to knock down with the puck...skates well through traffic. Shot: Possesses a strong, precise wrist shot...the release on the wrist shot is very quick and deceiving: he appears to shoot the puck low, but manages to wrist it to just underneath the cross bar...possesses a great, precise backhand...though not used as often, his slap shot is very strong, with a quick release...primarily uses the slap shot on the junior squad, when he comes out as the fourth forward during the power play. Technical Ability: A terrific puck handler...possesses great hand to eye coordination...very soft hands Pass: Makes very precise passes, right on the stick...sees the ice very well and makes excellent junior competition, tends to skate on the net, taking two or three players with him, and then passing the puck off to the side to a wide open teammate. Hockey Sense: An already very mature player...terrific vision of the ice...great awareness of where his teammates are at all times. Defensive Play: Ovechkin can be responsible defensively, however, defensive lapses do occur as a result of his primarily offense-minded approach...skates well backwards and uses his amazing acceleration to get back into the zone, but is usually also the first player out of the defensive zone on the offensive rush...has been more responsible defensively while playing for Super League’s Dynamo Moscow and the senior national team, th
Back In Russia:
Ovechkin is the product of Dynamo Moscow’s hockey school and made his debut on the Super League club two seasons ago. During the summer of 2002, he earned ice time on Dynamo’s second and third lines, establishing himself as a full-fledged Super League caliber forward. While he started the 2002-03 season off strong, the young forward’s performance tailed off towards the end due to fatigue. After spending several games on the bench or in a more limited role, Ovechkin returned to his early-season form and finished the season strong. He started the 2003-04 season on Dynamo’s top line, playing a key role in Dynamo Moscow’s early season success. The young forward also earned the distinction of being the youngest player on Russia’s senior national team, when Viktor Tikhonov invited him to join the squad prior to the Ceska Poistovna EuroTour tournament. Ovechkin made his national team debut in style, skating the entire tournament on Russia’s top line with former NHLer and one of Russia’s top sniper, Maxim Sushinsky.
NHL Outlook:
Alexander Ovechkin missed the 2003 NHL Entry Draft eligibility date by just a day. He is a lock for the first overall spot in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, and if made eligible for the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, even at that point in his development, he would have still likely vied for the top spot. Ovechkin is NHL ready and, barring a lockout, the talented super-star-in-the-making will be on NHL ice during the 2004-05 season.
RP Draft Projection: first overall pick
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2005-06 Team Russia IIHF World Championships (Intl.)6 5 2 7 4 +4
2004-05 Team Russia World Championships (Intl.)8 5 3 8 4 +7
2004-05 Dynamo (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)7 2 3 5 27 +3
2004-05 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.)6 7 4 11 4 +5
2004-05 Team Russia Karjala Cup EuroTour (Intl.)1 1 0 1 0 -
2004-05 Dynamo (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)37 13 13 26 32 +26
2003-04 Dynamo (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)3 0 0 0 2 -
2003-04 Team Russia Sweden Games 3 1 0 1 0 -
2003-04 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.)6 5 2 7 25 +2
2003-04 Team Russia Ceska Poistovna (EuroTour)3 1 2 3 0 1
2003-04 Dynamo (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)53 13 10 23 42 -
2002-03 Dynamo (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)5 0 0 0 2 -
2002-03 Dynamo (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)40 8 8 16 26 -
2002-03 Team Russia 83 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 6 1 7 0 6
2002-03 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)6 9 4 13 6 13
2002-03 U20 Team Russia U20 IIHF WJC (Intl.)6 6 1 7 4 8
2001-02 Team Russia 84 Jr Olympic Games (Intl.)4 0 1 1 0 0
2001-02 Dynamo Moscow 2 Super League (Juniors)19 18 8 26 20 -
2001-02 Dynamo (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)3 0 0 0 0 -
2001-02 Dynamo (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)22 2 2 4 4 -
2001-02 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)8 14 4 18 0 14
2000-01 Team Russia 85 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 2 1 3 2 -
1999-00 Dynamo Jr. Jr. League (Playoffs)6 1 0 1 4 -
Team Russia WC 6 1 1 2 0 0
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