The Washington Capitals have hired Adam Oates to be there new head coach. Oates served as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils and Tampa Bay Lightning.
Caps GM George McPhee stated “Adam was a highly intelligent player in the NHL for 19 seasons… and is prepared to lead our club as a head coach.”
McPhee also stated that he “thinks the whole league is trending toward an up-tempo style of play.” Count on the Capitals being a more offensive team heading forward.
The Capital players have seen so many coaching styles in the past few seasons but clearly they are the most effective in an offensive style of play. Now that the players understand the value of defense and know how to play their guts outs, like they did for Dale Hunter, they are ready to be a complete team and get back to scoring a ton of goals.
Oates is an offensive coach who helped turn around the Devils low scoring into a mediocre scoring team and that’s with a very defensive minded team, imagine what he can do with an offensively gifted team like Washington.
What you can expect fantasy hockey wise is some growing pains to start the season as the team learns the system but once they do expect them to see increases in all their offensive categories as well as a much-improved power play. This is great news heading forward for fantasy GMs who have Capital players on their roster.
Expect playmakers like Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Ribeiro to grow big time under the tutelage of one of the great playmakers of all-time. Oates is sixth all-time in assists; this is great news for Cap snipers, especially Alexander Ovechkin.
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