Ovechkin Is Still Throwing Hits

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Posted March 31, 2019

(Caps Outsider)

Lately I’ve heard a few folks mention that Alex Ovechkin doesn’t hit as much as he used to. His goal total, shot toal, and hit total throughout his career makes him one of the most unique players in league history. While his goal total and shot total have remained consistently among the league’s best, I was curious where his hit total has landed in recent years considering how often it’s been mentioned lately.

Bottom line: Ovi’s hits were down by a lot… last year. In 2017-18, he had a career low of 139 (not including the 48-game lockout season) and ranked 79th in the league. His previous lowest league rank was 31st. His high was 9, which he did twice.

Since he entered the league in 2005-06, he’s fourth overall with 2829, only behind Dustin Brown (3308), Cal Clutterbuck (3002), and Brooks Orpik (2933).

So, I suppose it’s technically true that Ovechkin’s hits lately are down from previous years, but that’s only because last year was an anomaly. This season, he’s passed the 200 hit total for the 9th time in his career, and he’s done that 5 of the past 6 seasons.

2012-13 was only in 48 games due to the NHL lockout.

 

Year Games Hits League Rank PIM
2005-06 81 172 14 40
2006-07 82 184 21 72
2007-08 82 220 9 89
2008-09 79 243 9 52
2009-10 72 185 29 52
2010-11 79 241 10 40
2011-12 78 215 21 32
2012-13 48 120 31 41
2013-14 78 204 31 58
2014-15 81 259 11 48
2015-16 79 225 17 53
2016-17 82 216 19 50
2017-18 82 139 76 26
2018-19 77 202 21 36