During his first 5 seasons in the NHL, Ovechkin scored 52, 46, 65, 56 and 50 goals. That is an average of just under 54 goals a season and in his 65 goal season he had 43 even-strength goals which was the highest total since Pavel Bure's 45 in 1999-2000. Those are goal scoring totals that you would normally see in the 80's and 90's when goalies looked like stick men out there and wouldn't go down.
It's hard to believe that this is already Ovechkin's 7th NHL season as I can still remember his rookie year and thinking he was a freak and might break some of Gretzky's scoring records one day. He is still just 26 years old so you would still think he has plenty of great seasons left, but his bread and butter is scoring goals and it's hard not to notice the lack of them last season and so far to start this season.
Ovechkin is an elite player in this league and even if he is not scoring 50 a year he will put up the points. But are Washington Capital fans going to be happy with a guy making over $9M a season to just put up 30ish goals and 80-90 points a season? Do you think Ovi scores 35 this year? Maybe he has to hit the Russian Doll Shooting Range for some practice.