Only rarely during his NHL career has Alex Ovechkin lined up anywhere on the ice other than left wing. Occasionally, because of a specific matchup with an opposing defenseman, he would find himself on the opposite side for a few shifts or maybe even an entire game, but it was always a short-lived experiment.
During the first two days of Washington Capitals training camp, though, Ovechkin skated as a right wing instead of his usual left. It’s unclear how long he’ll stay there, but the switch could inject more variety into Ovechkin’s game and help him continue to evolve as a player.
Ovechkin, 27, brought up the idea to Coach Adam Oates in an offseason meeting, and the first-year bench boss encouraged the star forward to consider his willingness to make the move.
“We talked about it and then he asked me to think, do I want to do it or no?” Ovechkin recalled. “I said yeah, let’s try it. I think it will give new looks for me, new looks for different teams to try [to] cover us.”