Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
The Capitals are now on their third head coach in less than a year. And all three had no previous NHL head coaching experience before taking the position with the Caps.
And new head coach Adam Oates is even less experienced than his predecessors Bruce Boudreau and Dale Hunter, as he has no prior head coaching experience at any level.
But there is hope that Adam Oates can jump start Ovie’s career.
Oates tallied over 1,400 points and 1,000 assists in his 19-year career. He should be able to impart some of his wisdom to Ovechkin. And as an assistant, Oates is a power-play specialist. The power play is an area that the Caps used to dominate but have struggled with recently, so again Oates' expertise should come in handy.
But perhaps the most valuable piece of knowledge that Adam Oates can pass on deals with the defensive side of the puck.
As a center, Oates was an excellent two-way player. He preached this mentality to his teammates and has done so to his players in his brief time as a coach. Oates’ knowledge could turn Ovechkin into a skilled pickpocket like Nicklas Backstrom, which could open up a whole new side of Ovechkin’s game.
He won’t have to stand at the defensive blue line waiting for the puck if he’s stealing the puck by himself and starting the odd man rush on his own.