But Ovechkin somehow needs to make sure his talents rub off on the rest of his teammates. That means he has to be a leader for the offense in getting his linemates and others to pick up their game a few notches every time and make the Capitals more than just a team that is a few games over .500.
The Capitals might have gotten a nice 4-3 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings Friday night, but the Red Wings are struggling at home and the Capitals didn’t exactly blow them off the ice. But with Ovechkin who had five shots at the net, and also two solid hits, leading the way, the Capitals were a team that found a way to come back from a 3-1 deficit on someone else’s ice and eventually get the shootout win.
Ovechkin is obviously headed for another decent season with 15 goals and seven assists after his first 18 games, despite missing a few games with a shoulder injury. The Capitals would like to see him net the type of figures he had in 2007-08 with 65 goals and 47 assists for 112 points. He had 110 and 109 points the next two seasons, but hasn’t been able to quite get to those totals since then. But he’s still putting up decent numbers.
But as the season progresses, Ovechkin needs to show his teammates how much better they can get. He obviously can’t carry the team on his back. But he can shoulder a lot of leadership right now and show his teammates what it’s going to take to make the Capitals a major winner.