Alex Ovechkin – Through 10 Games Every Year

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Posted October 27, 2018

(Caps Outsider)

Ten games often serves as a good sample size for how a player will perform throughout the entire season, particularly a top-liner. With 8 goals, 6 assists and 14 points, Ovechkin is already off to the third best start of his career. Let’s look at some trends.

His slowest start to a season came in 2012-13, where he only had 2 goals and 3 assists through 10 games. That season, which was also shortened because of the labor lockout, he led the league in goals and also won MVP. He also only started off with 2 goals in 10 games in 2008-09 but ended up leading the league with 56.

Ovechkin’s fastest start through 10 games, in terms of points, came in 2009-10, when he had 17, but he missed winning a Rocket Richard trophy by one goal. His highest goal output through ten games was in 2013-14, and again last season, with 10. His fastest start through two games came last year, when he had 7 goals, and 9 in the first 5.

In Ovechkin’s (arguably) two worst seasons – when he scored a career low 32 goals in 2010-11, and career low 65-points in 2011-12 (excluding the lockout-shortened season), he still started fine, with 5 goals and 5 assists in the first ten games.

Oddly enough, in his 65-goal season, he started with only six goals, a total he started with, at minimum, eight times in his career.

Bottom line – Ovechkin is hardly slowing down, even at the age of 33.

Season Through 10 games Season totals
2005-06 6 goals, 5 assists, 11 points 52 goals, 54 assists, 106 points
2006-07 6 goals, 4 assists, 10 points 46 goals, 46 assists, 92 points
2007-08 6 goals, 7 assists, 13 points 65* goals, 47 assists, 112* points
2008-09 2 goals, 6 assists, 8 points 56* goals, 54 assists, 110 points
2009-10 9 goals, 8 assists, 17 points 50 goals, 59 assists, 109 points
2010-11 5 goals, 5 assists, 10 points 32 goals, 53 assists, 85 points
2011-12 5 goals, 5 assists, 10 points 38 goals, 27 assists, 65 points
2012-13 2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points 32* goals, 24 assists, 56 points
2013-14 10 goals, 5 assists, 15 points 51* goals, 28 assists, 79 points
2014-15 5 goals, 2 assists, 7 points 53* goals, 28 assists, 81 points
2015-16 6 goals, 7 assists, 13 points 50* goals, 21 assists, 71 points
2016-17 6 goals, 3 assists, 9 points 33 goals, 36 assists, 69 points
2017-18 10 goals, 2 assists, 12 points 49* goals, 38 assists, 87 points
2018-19 8 goals, 6 assists, 14 points ?

* led the league