“Absolutely,” Tocchet said. “He’s not a rah-rah guy. He’s not going to stand up and give you a Knute Rockne speech. But he’s a man’s man and a pro. I think he could be a great head coach.
“Let’s put it this way: If I was an owner or a GM I’d find a way to get Adam Oates on my team. In my opinion, 85 percent of the league’s coaches are the same. Adam gives you that extra 15 percent that can put a team over the top.”...
“He’s an intellectual guy,” Tocchet said. “When we were together in Tampa, he never stated the obvious. He was a student of the game and I was lucky to have him. He made me see the game a different way and changed some of my thinking.”
The lefty at LW, righty at RW stuff is interesting. I guess we'll see Ovechkin at RW then.
I wonder about Haviland as an assistant, too, given the issues in Chicago. Plenty of positive comments from players and some from Brouwer, fwiw.
Also, about Jim Johnson, Oates and Johnson have some experience on the same coaching staff as Oates was an asst in TBL when the Johnson/Walz stuff happened with Lawton/Tocchet. I know what McPhee said about assistants and have no idea what kind of relationship they have after that mess of a situation, not the say of either of them.
One of Oates’ philosophies is that right-handed shooting players should play right wing and left-handed players should play left wing. At his suggestion, left-handed shooting Martin St. Louis agreed to move from right wing to left wing and the move helped ignite the career of Steven Stamkos. The two linemates combined for 189 points in Oates’ only season behind the Lightning bench.
But it is what Oates has done with Ilya Kovalchuk in New Jersey that most impresses Tocchet and, in his opinion, makes him the ideal choice to coach the Capitals.
“He knows the mind of a superstar because he was one,” Tocchet said. “He helped Kovalchuk by showing him how to work the give and go and I think he could reach a player like Alex Ovechkin.
Ovi flubs far too many one timers at LW. Even on the rush at LW, shots dried up starting in Montreal, game 1. While Bruce did have him rushing down the RW a few times in game 2, it was short lived. Ovi needs fresh ideas on places to score from, and ways to score - working better with linemates.