Hey, did you know that Alex Ovechkin does not have a contract yet for next season?
|19.5||time on ice per game|
|49.1||5-on-5 shot-attempt percentage, adjusted|
|48.7||5-on-5 expected goal percentage, adjusted|
|56.8||5-on-5 goal percentage, adjusted|
About this visualization: This series of charts made by Micah Blake McCurdy of hockeyviz.com shows lots of information for the player over the season. A short description of each chart:
About this visualization: At three times during the season (end of January, end of March, and end of May), RMNB shared an open survey with fans, asking the following question for each player:
On a scale from 1 to 5, how HAPPY are you to have this player on the team?
1 means VERY UNHAPPY TO HAVE THEM ON THE TEAM
2 means UNHAPPY
3 means NEITHER HAPPY NOR UNHAPPY
4 means HAPPY
5 means VERY HAPPY TO HAVE THEM ON THE TEAM
The numbers above show the average score for the player in each survey period.
Alex Ovechkin is technically an unrestricted free agent this summer, and yet 31 other teams are not exactly buzzing with excitement to sign him. It’s not like Ovi isn’t a superstar anymore; he is. It’s just that everyone knows he and Washington are going to come to an agreement eventually. But eventually is vague. Lemme see if I can narrow it down for you.
Yeah, it’ll come some time soon after the Seattle Kraken’s expansion draft on Wednesday July 21. Take it to the bank.
Now let’s talk about the ice. I think we can all consider 2021 a disappointing outing for Ovechkin, but I wouldn’t say that’s necessarily because he played poorly. Twenty-four goals in 45 games is more than a 40-goal pace in a full season, but we definitely didn’t get a full season from Ovechkin. First there were four games lost to COVID suspension, but later in the year Ovechkin got a lower-body injury that nagged him through the playoffs. Ovechkin also discussed a back problem, which, sure, yeah, it invites an obvious joke about him hoisting the whole team on his back, but the injury really does worry me.
Ovechkin is no spring ovenchicken. He’ll turn 36 before next season begins, and even for a machine like him durability will eventually become hard to maintain. When we discuss the Gretzky goal record, I worry less about Ovechkin’s scoring drying up and more about there just not being enough games.
Like, can you see an aging curve here?
‘Cause I can’t.
What’s Ovechkin’s next contract gonna be? Will he catch Gretzky, and can he stay healthy? The question to the last two will be the same.
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