"I already know he's in shape. I can tell," strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish said. "We've worked several times on the ice and he's without a doubt in the best shape I've ever seen him.â†µ
Nemish said the biggest different with Ovechkin wasn't his training routine; it was the fact that he started earlier. He said that he feels like Ovechkin doesn't need to play his way into shape as much and is "ready to go at a much quicker rate."â†µ
This all is in line with what Ted Leonsis, Ovechkin's agent and Ovechkin himself have been putting out there about his conditioning. Maybe it's time to start believing what they're selling. Hey, if Ovechkin is really in the best shape of his life, watch out, NHL.