Six weeks ago the hockey world was convinced Alex Ovechkin was either washed up or out to sea, waiting for the next wave to wash him ashore.

Turns out he was furiously paddling to stay afloat, desperately trying to resurrect a career many believed had reached its pinnacle three or four years ago.

Today, Ovechkin finds himself in the thick of the NHL goal-scoring race, tied with Tampa’s Steven Stamkos for the league lead with 25.

He ranks first in the NHL in the league in power-play goals [14], power-play points [21] and shots [176]. He’s sixth in the league in points [43] and eighth among right wingers in hits [92]. [By the way, NHL.com still lists him as a left wing, but more on that later].

And there are even those bold enough to mention his name in Hart Trophy discussions.

If today marks the high point of the Ovechkin reclamation project, Feb. 27 in Philadelphia was when the Capitals’ 27-year-old captain reached rock bottom. Or at least that’s when he was left clinging to a buoy.

It was during that 4-1 loss to the Flyers that analyst Mike Milbury hung Ovechkin out to dry, saying Ovechkin should be embarrassed by his play.

“This is a guy that makes a ton of money,” Milbury said at the time. “He owes it to his owner, he owes it to his coach. That guy ought to be held accountable.”