“He can make chicken soup out of chicken (bleep),” said Alfredsson. “Everybody is coached so well, every defenceman knows how to play the one-on-one. It’s very rare that you see it and he can beat people clean. That’s the key. He can create chances from nothing, really.Crying? Sid the Kid's going to have to shake that rap.
“I just think he’s got everything you could want. He’s a great skater, he’s a great stickhandler, good one-on-one and he’s got a really good work ethic.
“He’s the best player consistently. What he’s done with that team? To be able to put up those numbers ... but I don’t think he’s all about the numbers, either.”
“I haven’t seen a rookie like him in I don’t know how long. Kovalchuk was good, but he’s another step ahead of him, just because he adds another dimension of being physical.
“He doesn’t get frustrated if he gets hit, either. He gets up and keeps playing. Not like the other rookie (Crosby), who starts crying. I think there’s a big difference in the attitude. He’s pretty impressive with the way he’s handled himself overall. He loves the game, no question.”
Monday, March 13, 2006
Was he drinking on the plane?
Some pretty (and rare) candid talk from Alfie in this column about Ovechkin: