Adam Oates represents the third head coach for the Washington Capitals in about 15 months.
And each coach has brought with him a different system for the players to learn and assimilate into.
The Capitals have taken little time to learn Adam Oates' system, caused in part by the shortened training camp and lack of preseason, and evidenced by the team's slow start.
But there is hope. Before Adam Oates officially became head coach of the Washington Capitals, he was named co-coach of the Hershey Bears, the Capitals' AHL affiliate. Oates coached alongside Hershey Bears head coach Mark French for a total of six weeks.
Mark French spoke to Ian Oland of Russian Machine Never Breaks on January 7, explaining what he thought Capitals fans should expect of Oates' system:
I think it takes time to implement a new system...guys are trying to understand this new system, but they’re not reacting to it. We’re getting to the point where guys know it now, they know what they need to do. So I think it takes some time. I think the NHL player can maybe make the jump a little bit quicker. You know, it’s a proven system. New Jersey used it last year and went a long ways. I think there’s some really good parts. I think it’ll play really well into some of the Capitals more skilled players for sure.