10/13/2011 01:58 pm ET | Updated Dec 13, 2011

Has Alex Ovechkin Already Peaked As An Offensive Force?

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.