Since Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin entered the NHL back in 2005-06, he has won the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, awarded each season to the league’s leading goal scorer, a total of nine times. Nobody else has won the award more than twice in that same time span.
According to SportsBettingDime, Ovechkin’s opening money line has been set at +500, meaning you would win $500 for a $100 wager. The Edmonton Oilers Leon Draisaitl has the second best odds at +600. Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs has the third best odds at +700, or 7 to 1 odds.
Ovechkin, 35, has scored 50 or more goals eight times in an era when there has been constant complaining about how difficult it is to score goals. He has never scored fewer than 32 goals and only has been under 40 goals in a season four times. One of his sub-40 seasons was a 48-game season.
If last season had not been cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic back in early March, Ovechkin would have notched his ninth 50-goal season.
Another important element of Ovechkin’s success is his durability. Ovechkin has only missed eight games in the past eight seasons.
By Jon Sorensen