Alex Ovechkin may only have four goals through the first 12 games of the season, but there are signs that the Washington Capitals’ winger is growing into the changes he’s been asked to make to his game.
Ovechkin is beginning to take advantage of the different offensive possibilities that come from playing on the right wing rather than the left. He’s taking more shots on goal, finding more open space and working better with his linemates to generate quality chances.
“I think on the left side, teams just took him away a lot of times through the years. He needs to adjust and give teams different looks, different things that you can do on the right side and maybe simplify his game a bit,” said Mike Ribeiro, who has been Ovechkin’s center for the past five games. “He’s always going to touch the puck, he’s always going to shoot, he’s always going to score. It’s a matter of changing your game a bit and being more focused, find different tricks to get there, to get the puck to the net.”