With the Washington Capitals struggling to get traction for the start of this season, Caps owner Ted Leonsis was on WTOP today to take caller questions. When asked about the Caps and Alex Ovechkin's season start, Leonsis held nothing back.
“Well, we’re concerned too,” Leonsis said. “I’m not so sure that [team] scoring’s gonna be an issue, but it has been to date. And Alex is off to a slow start….He’s having to get integrated into this new system….He needs to play better. I don’t have the answers. Obviously I’m not running the hockey operations. If I knew what to do, I would go see George and Adam, but I don’t, so they’re gonna have to work it out.”
Not a surprise. Ovechkin has just 1 point in six games. His struggled last season have carried over into this season. It is pretty clear that what Brcue Boudreau and Dale Hunter thought was wrong with Ovechkin, so does Adam Oates. His style of play has just become to predictable. His moves, the drag moves, are all too common and defenders have easily adapted. While Cap fans would like to think of Ovi as one of the elite of the NHL, the numbers and his level of play show a different picture. I suspect, until Ovi himself is ready to try and adjust and change his game, the continues spiral he has been in the last season and now this one will simply continue. Only Alex Ovechkin can change Alex Ovechkin. Just ask Boudreau and Hunter.