Dec. 15: Moore’s fantasy value takes a significant hit with the move from extreme pitchers’ park AT&T Park to Texas’ Globe Life Park, making him a streaming option (and a weak one) at best.
He ranks ninth all-time in the NHL for shots on goal, and has led the NHL in shots on goal in 10 of his 12 seasons. Many of those shots were taken from what has been known as The Ovi Spot on the ice: the circle to the goalie’s right, where Ovechkin sets up camp. He scored 119 of his 297 goals since 2011-12 from that spot.
Ovechkin has led the league in power-play goals six times, and is 10th in NHL history for goals scored with the man advantage.
Ovechkin has won the Rocket Richard Trophy for most goals six times (2008, 2009, 2012-16) and the Art Ross Trophy for most points once in 2008. He’s a three-time Hart Trophy winner for league MVP and a three-time recipient of the Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player, as voted on by the NHLPA. Ovechkin also won the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year in 2006 after scoring 52 goals.
Looking at this on an individual basis, the top hurlers tend to start around 32-33 games. They’ll likely work both during the season’s opening week and right after the All-Star break, leaving 30-31 outings for the remaining 25 weeks. This means even the best options will only start twice five or six times a year. It’s hard to construct a strategy using this as the focal point.
Back in that January 2010 blogumn, I projected Ovechkin would finish with 51 goals in the 2009-10 season. He finished with 50. That gave him 269 goals through that 2009-10 season. So, back in early 2010, I laid out a blueprint for Ovechkin to reach 895 career goals, one better than Gretzky’s record.
The first part of my hypothesis was that Ovechkin would have to be largely injury-free and play until he was 40. Also, as I wrote back in 2010, Players who have booming shots age slower in terms of goal totals. So does playing on good teams.