It took how many years for Alexander Ovechkin to finally start listening to the coach? That may be the question a lot of “fans” would be asking whenever they hear the last name, Ovechkin.
Turns out, people are ignorant and half of them are clueless! Who would have ever imagined!?………………………….Just kidding!
A number one overall pick from the 2004 NHL draft should not be struggling this much, and this much recently (past 2 seasons). Especially when you’re drafted before Evgeni Malkin who has a Stanley Cup ring by the way. OUCH!
From his turns overs to his whining on the bench when he was riding the pine, something just had to give. Bruce Boudreau was fired and the GM George McPhee brought in long time – retired – Capital, Adam Oates.
Boudreau went onto Anaheim where he coaches the Ducks and oh by the way, he turned that team around and they currently sit 2nd in the NHL with a 13-2-1 record. It’s amazing how bad coaches really look when they are stuck with players like Alex Ovechkin.
The Ducks success so far this season has to be eating away at Ovechkin’s stomach, and it should be. Knowing that he blew his chances of ever winning with one of the best coach’s in the NHL. But hey, that’s over with, he now has Adam Oates. The assistant coach at the time, who helped the New Jersey Devils reach the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals.
So has Ovechkin finally buckled down and ready to start listening to his coach on how to improve his game?
Yes, he has. Since the start of the 2013 season Ovechkin, on and off the ice has been doing everything he is finally supposed to be doing.
LISTENING TO THE COACH AND NOT WHINING!
The reward for sticking to Oates’ game plan? A hat trick followed by a 5-1 victory over the Devils. Now I don’t know if this is Oates just saying the right things or not. But he claims that he saw Ovechkin’s breakout performance coming.
Another thing that Ovechkin opened his mind to was switching to the right wing. At first he claimed he wasn’t used to the angles and asked to be moved back to the left wing. Oh great, same old Ovechkin back at his old ways. Oates said No, and for 10 consecutive games at right wing, Ovi is averaging 5.3 shots per games.
Gee, who would have ever thought good things happen when you LISTEN to your coach!?
I can only hope for Ovechkin’s sake and the Capitals that he continues down this new path and it’s followed by plenty of success. Because if not, a Washington Capitals dismantlement awaits.
I once admired watching him play, but recently – before this season – he’s been a total bust and the cry baby that everyone claimed Ilya Kovalchuk was…
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