Kadri: 'Absolute insanity' to call 35 goals by Ovechkin an off year

Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

We've been spoiled by Alex Ovechkin's talents over the years.

The Washington Capitals captain has surpassed the 50-goal plateau seven times, but last season hit his lowest goal total in a full 82-game season since 2010-11.

However, he still scored 33, and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri thinks it's incredible that having a season of that ilk can be considered a down year.

"It seems like if the guy scores 35 goals it’s an off year for him, which is absolute insanity," Kadri said, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

Early in the 2017-18 campaign, Ovechkin looks to be on his way to another 50-goal season (123 at his current pace). He's scored a league-high nine goals in six games - or better than a quarter of the way to 35 - so it doesn't look like Ovechkin is heading for an "off year" this time around.