Can Ovechkin cause a surprise by taking the Art Ross Trophy?

Published December 24, 2021 at 6:32 PM

Since joining the National Hockey League in 2005, Alexander Ovechkin has continued to fill the opposing nets, as evidenced by his eight seasons of 50 goals and ten Maurice Richard Trophy wins.

This year, however, the captain of the Washington Capitals seems to be on a mission, he who, at 36 years of age, knows one of his best career debuts of the season. In addition to chasing Wayne Gretzky's goal record, Ovechkin is in the race for another trophy he hasn't picked up since the 2007-08 season: the Art-Ross.

The Russian's last season of 100 points and above was in the 2009-10 campaign. With no less than 47 points (22 goals) in 31 games at the moment, he could repeat this feat this year, if he manages to keep up with Connor Mcdavid and Leon Draisaitl, who both have 49 points so far.

As Gages-tu analysts have mentioned, it is highly unlikely that Ovechkin will be able to accomplish this feat. After all, Draisaitl and McDavid are on track to occupy the NHL's top-2 scorers for a third straight season and it's hard to believe that a 36-year-old player, no matter how good he is, is capable of producing as much as these two stars in the prime of their careers.

However, the Great 8 is not just any 36-year-old player. Driven by his desire to exceed Gretzky's total of 894 goals, could Ovechkin become the first player in 14 years to win the Art Ross AND Maurice Richard Trophy? It may well be, because guess who was the last player to make such a feat? Yes, a certain Alex Ovechkin.

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