Ovechkin was originally drafted first overall by the Washington Capitals in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. However, due to the 2004-2005 NHL lockout he did not begin playing until the 2005 season was underway. He was the first rookie to be named to the NHL All-Star team in a 15 year period. He holds several NHL awards and trophies for his efforts. He has become one of the most valuable players in the league and has represented his homeland of Russia at the Winter Olympics.
Ovechkin won the Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy for the most goals scored by a player in the 2013 season. He has won the trophy a total of three times during his career. If he continues scoring goals at his current pace for 13 years, his expensive contract will be money well spent.