My prediction on Ovechkin: expect a slow season for him
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10-22-2008, 10:20 AM
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I meant that I don't think Ovechkin's approach has really changed.
They've been talking about making him a "2-way player" for over 2 years now.
It scares me a bit.
It's what they did with/to Jagr and
it's a big reason Ovechkin had a sophomore slump
The time he's getting on the PK is unnecessary.
Boudreau, IMO, has had all summer to think about line combos and strategies and he's over-coaching them right now.
He needs to let Ovy and Co. do what they do and worry about the defense, goaltending and total lack of discipline they're demonstrating.
Ovechkin wasn't in good shape coming into camp his 2nd year. I think that and the continued selloff of players had more of an impact on his 2nd year than making Ovy a two-way player did.
Being a solid two-way player is all about work ethic, pride and defensive "smarts". He was his best as a two-way player last year and he was dominant.
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