According to Katherine Miller, classical organizational theorists postulated that, for an organization to be successful, it must run like an engine.
In an engine, there must be different specialized pieces that perform a specific function. In the same, organizations must have different members who specialize in different roles, know their roles and perform their roles well.
It's the same for a hockey team. Everyone must know their role and execute it well.
This offseason, a number of plays were brought in to perform specific functions for D.C.'s team.
So far, they are all doing exactly what they're supposed to.
Troy Brouwer was brought in to contribute to the physical game and work down low in front of opposing goaltenders. Last year, Brouwer was the fifth-best hitter in the league. As of now, through three games, he is leading the Capitals in hits with 17, good for fourth in the league.
He also has one tip-in goal. Brouwer is doing exactly what is expected of him.
Roman Hamrlik was brought in to block shots and contribute to the defensive half of the Capitals' game. Last year, Hamrlik was the fourth-best shot-blocker in the league. As of now, through three games, he is leading the Capitals and the league in blocked shots with 16.
Roman Hamrlik is doing exactly what is expected of him.
Joel Ward was brought in to contribute to the top-nine and to be a solid defensive-forward. So far, he has four hits, four blocked shots and is averaging 1:55 SH TOI/G. It's safe to say that he's doing what is expected of him.
Dennis Wideman was acquired at the trade deadline last spring to be a two-way defenseman and power play specialist. Thus far, he has seven shots and three blocked shots. He is averaging 2:29 PP TOI/G and 1:26 SH TOI/G. As well as one even-strength goal, he also has one goal and one assist while playing on the man-advantage.
His play in his own end has been great and in the offensive zone, he has been getting quality shots through to the net.
Wideman is doing exactly what is expected of him.
Just about every other player is doing what they are expected to as well.
Nicklas Backstrom is pacing the team with four assists.
Chimera has used his speed and great work ethic to pick up three goals already.
Jeff Halpern is pacing Washington's centers with a 57.7-percent faceoff efficiency. Brooks Laich is following with 53.7-percent. Laich also has five hits and a goal and an assist.
Mike Green has an overtime GWG.
What else can a team ask for? The team is firing on all cylinders because all the individual players are firing on their specialized cylinders. The Washington Capitals are running like a well-built engine.