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Adam Oates is Key to Future of Washington Capitals

Adam Oates

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The turnaround of the Washington Capitals during the second half of this 2013 NHL season was impressive. There will be people who point at the play of Alex Ovechkin during that time, but I like to look at the team’s coach, Adam Oates. He was someone who was very hard-nosed as a player, and has brought that attitude behind the bench.

If the Capitals are ever going to get past the first round of the playoffs, it could be because of what Oates is doing.

There are likely not going to be a lot of major changes on the roster before next season begins, so it is going to be up to Oates to get 110 percent out of the players he has. The team already has their star with Ovechkin and if they can re-sign Mike Ribeiro this offseason, the pieces are in place to make another run. I’m not sure how important realignment will be for this team, so it is going to be up to Oates to lead them to success.

Washington has great potential for success and if Oates can get even more out of the players on his roster, the Capitals may be a Stanley Cup contender sooner than later. I guess we will have to wait and see if the team can make the next step in their progression. Oates will be the key to whatever ends up happening.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.