"He's so strong, so fast and he's built like a running back," former NHL goalie Kevin Weekes recently told NHL.com. "If you have a guy that skates that well and that fast at 235 pounds, it's pretty scary."
It's a legit comparison. Ovechkin, who is listed at 6-foot-2, 233 pounds, is like Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on skates. Strong and shifty, Ovechkin is sometimes a speeding freight train, initiating contact instead of waiting for it to come to him. Other times, he turns on the jets and skates around defenders.
Knuble said it's Ovechkin's ability to quickly shift gears that makes him so difficult to contain. "It's just explosiveness," he said. "You can see that it's just a different pace when he's out there."