There aren’t very many players who are as good as Alex Ovechkin in the NHL right now. He won his third MVP award this past weekend and deserved it after a season where he scored 56 points in 48 games. He is the eighth player in NHL history to win the Hart Trophy three times, and I have to believe that he will win it again at some point of his career.
He is too good of a player not to win another one or more MVP awards. He even changed positions this season going to right wing and still won the award. That isn’t easy to do as he led a Washington Capitals team that was struggling through the first half of the season all the way to a division title. The playoffs may not have gone as well as the Capitals and Ovechkin wanted, but there is something to be said about his performance this year.
Ovechkin led the NHL with 32 goals, but as the offseason begins, there are a lot of questions to be answered in Washington. What will the roster look like when next year begins? Will Mike Ribeiro be back? Can Nicklas Backstrom continue his hot play from recent seasons? There is something that will have to give if the Capitals are ever going to play for a Stanley Cup.
The fans are expecting more and are growing tired of these early playoff exits. The 2013-14 season may be the season where things finally come together, and it may be up to Ovechkin to produce another MVP year to make it happen. It isn’t out of the realm of possibility that Ovechkin could score 120 points next year or changes may be on their way.