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Has Alex Ovechkin Already Peaked As An Offensive Force?

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 15: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals warms up prior to his game against the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) | Getty

The criticisms of Alex Ovechkin have been piling on for the last few seasons, from his effectiveness as a leader to his abilities in perform in the clutch to his body mass. The more the Washington Capitals underachieve, the more intense the critiques. Such is life as the star captain of an NHL team.

But there's another, underlying critique of Ovechkin that's nearly inconceivable in its accusation: That a player who was considered on the fast-track to becoming one of the League's legendary offensive stars has lost his fastball.

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