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Ovechkin 'lost out there' at right wing

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08:14 AM ET 01.16 | The experiment Adam Oates has cooking with Alex Ovechkin opened with a bang Tuesday, and not in a good way as the Caps captain collided hard with teammate Marcus Johansson in open ice. Ovechkin is coming off a career-low 65 points and on Tuesday he admitted being lost at times, especially in the defensive zone, where he is tempted to go the left side "all the time." "To be honest with you, sometimes I just felt lost out there," Ovechkin said. "I don't know, it's my first game and I never played right wing a whole game. But I thought our line played well today and we have two or three days to get better. ... I'll talk to Oatesy about it, but it's getting better and better every day."

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January 16, 2013  08:42 AM ET

I don't know why they keep messing with the guy. He's a 100 point player for multiple seasons and then people start messing with his game?

January 16, 2013  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I don't know why they keep messing with the guy. He's a 100 point player for multiple seasons and then people start messing with his game?

I agree with this. It seems to me that in the case of a franchise player, maybe you build around him, instead of vice-versa?
of course, is everybody SO specialised, they can't switch?
Tough call I guess

January 16, 2013  09:08 AM ET

Just trade him to TOR and be done with it.

January 16, 2013  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I agree with this. It seems to me that in the case of a franchise player, maybe you build around him, instead of vice-versa?of course, is everybody SO specialised, they can't switch?Tough call I guess

His best shot comes from the left side. Putting him on right wing pretty much takes that off wing wrist shot off the table. Oatsie better ax this experiment now before OV gets in his own head like last season.

January 16, 2013  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I agree with this. It seems to me that in the case of a franchise player, maybe you build around him, instead of vice-versa?of course, is everybody SO specialised, they can't switch?Tough call I guess

I agree as well but I am also ok with it though. While I more then respect his skill and ability the back pad, slew footing and overall demeanor annoy me

January 16, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I agree with this. It seems to me that in the case of a franchise player, maybe you build around him, instead of vice-versa?of course, is everybody SO specialised, they can't switch?Tough call I guess

I think this is a bad move also Spiny....then again that's probably why Oates is coaching and I"m here posting to a forum. Oates may just be trying it out as well....and not be a full time move

January 16, 2013  09:29 AM ET

The challenge might be good for him, but why do I get the feeling that they are setting up Ovie as a scapegoate even before the season starts? Hmm.

January 16, 2013  09:37 AM ET

Ovechkin 'lost out there' at <b>right wing</b>

But he did get a nice call from TT.

January 16, 2013  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

His best shot comes from the left side. Putting him on right wing pretty much takes that off wing wrist shot off the table. Oatsie better ax this experiment now before OV gets in his own head like last season.

bang on. he comes off the boards and shoots off a howitzer, it's the same pattern for probably 40-50% of his goals. It works, why mess with it?

January 16, 2013  10:08 AM ET

Oates was the King of assists. He best remember this guy is a shooter.

January 16, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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Oates was the King of assists. He best remember this guy is a shooter.

He must be having flashbacks of playing with Hull and Neely.

January 16, 2013  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I don't know why they keep messing with the guy. He's a 100 point player for multiple seasons and then people start messing with his game?

He asked Oates to be moved to the right.

January 16, 2013  10:36 AM ET
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Ovechkin 'lost out there' at <b>right wing</b>But he did get a nice call from TT.

TT is on a Rocky Mountain high.

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January 16, 2013  10:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

TT is on a Rocky Mountain high.

TT is in a bunker in Idaho with an aluminum foil lined goalie masque and that Boston cabbie to protect him

January 16, 2013  10:54 AM ET

Ovachicken can flock off.........he's right up there in reasons I am disliking hockey. Crybaby, whiner, overpaid suckhole......everything I am and more.

 
January 16, 2013  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Ovachicken can flock off.........he's right up there in reasons I am disliking hockey. Crybaby, whiner, overpaid suckhole......everything I am and more.

LMAO! Welcome back.

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