Alex Ovechkin, the renowned Russian sniper known for his offensive firepower, is on pace to put up 27 goals and 54 assists this season. While that's hardly anything to sneeze at - we're still talking almost a point-per-game average here - it's the 25-year-old's diminishing goal total that is drawing some attention from onlookers in the hockey world.
Ovechkin's lowest goal output prior to this season was 46 tallies back in 2006-07. If the Caps' superstar was to continue at this pace for the rest of the season, he would finish 19 goals short of his previous low.
The projected total of 81 points would also be his lowest mark ever in that category. Ovechkin's previous low was 92 points in 2006-07. In every other season, the Moscow native has finished with at least 106 points (his highest total was 112 points in 2007-08).
The first-round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft has become one of the league's most marketable stars with his dynamic, explosive play and his wizardry when it comes to putting the puck in the net. As a result, the man known as "Alexander the Great" has set the bar extraordinarily high for himself. In 2005-06, he scored 52 goals. In 2006-07, he put in 46. The following season, he notched a ridiculous 65 markers. In 2008-09, he registered 56 tallies, and last year he scored 50 on the button. So what gives this year?
We want to hear your theories on why Ovy's knack for going top shelf has suddenly dried up. It's Your Call.