Washington Capitals forward has won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
His Capitals polished off the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday and secured their first Cup in franchise history.
The Conn Smythe winner is chosen by a panel of members from the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
While there’s always some form of controversy around such selections, it’s pretty clear that Ovechkin is deserving of the Conn Smythe this season.
He was the most engaged, the most emotional player on the Capitals through the playoffs and his play was propulsive and dynamic each and every night.
Ovechkin set a franchise record with 15 goals in this year’s post-season. His 15th, scored Thursday, put him past John Druce for the most in franchise playoff history.
The 32-year-old is among the best pure goal-scorers of all-time and he was there when his club needed him in the playoffs.
Ovechkin’s trophy case is incredibly full at this point, starting with the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in 2005-2006. He’s won the Rocket Richard Trophy seven times, tying him with Bobby Hull, and he is the first player to win the Richard Trophy, the Art Ross Trophy, the Hart Memorial Trophy, and the Lester B. Pearson Trophy in a single season.
He’s also the only player to be selected to the First All-Star Team in each of his first five seasons and has the most goals scored by a Russian player in the NHL.
Evgeny Kuznetsov was close in the voting, as he led all playoff performers with 32 points in 24 games. He averaged a Lemieux-like 1.35 points per game.