The 15 Most Successful Wingers That Have Played on the "Wrong Side" of the Ice

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The 15 Most Successful Wingers That Have Played on the
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Washington Capitals Coach Adam Oates has indicated he doesn't like playing his forwards on the "off-wing," i.e. a left-handed shot playing the right wing or a right-handed shot playing the left wing.

He has moved Alex Ovechkin, a right-handed shot, exclusively to the right wing in part due to this preference. Oates has also made sure Ovechkin's linemates fit this criteria as often as possible.

Yet throughout NHL history, there have been many successful wingers who thrived while playing on the off-wing. Some players feel it gives them an advantage when cutting across the middle with the puck.

Here is a look at the 15 best off-wingers in NHL history. Feel free to mention anybody I missed who you feel belongs on this list.

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