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Ovie Is Overweight And Other Potential Causes For A Points Slump
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Ovie is Overweight And Other Potential Causes for A Points Slump

Ovie can't find the back of the net because he is too fat? It sounds like just another excuse in a long line of them. His weight has fluctuated, that much is true, but most players drift up five to ten pounds during their career, most without it adversely affecting their play too much. And then there is the issue with the weight listings to begin with. You can check his stats on at least five different web sites and find out that Ovechkin weighs between 229 and 239, depending on which site it is. The majority list his current weight at 230. On his six foot, three inch frame, that is not so fat that he would be unable to move like he usually does. And, Vecchie, as so many of his fans call him, himself is not crying "fat". Rather, there are other problems that are keeping him from recreating some of his past glories.

Bruce Boudreau has instituted a tighter defensive system that has taken away some of the free wheeling, risky play that made Ovechkin so spectacular to watch most of the time. He can't just jump out these days, feet itching for a shot at a top speed break away that usually catches defenders off guard and has left many goalies quaking in his pads. The power play for the Washington Capitals has declined as well another area that has led to a decrease in goals for Ovechkin.

Goalies are getting a handle on Ovechkin's antics much more easily this season because he favors a few key moves and they all know it. Whether he likes life on the highlight reel or he just can't lower himself in his own eyes, Ovechkin is going to have to go for a few garbage goals and be happy with it or he may not be called the "Great Eight" for much longer.

The twenty six year old Russian was drafted first overall in the 2004 entry draft. He had a career high 65 goals in the 2007-2008 season but only notched 32 in the 2010-2011 season. So far, he has 26. Capital's General Manager George McPhee has called it a problem with conditioning although he has conceded that it has been better than in previous years. Former teammate, Olaf Kolzig who now serves as the team's goalie coach says that it is a matter of Ovie getting back to his playing form- playing like the Vecchie that fans expect to see.


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