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Capitals Net Presence: Ovi, Oates and the franchise's future

Thu, 28 Feb 2013|



But from the capitals net presence Kellie -- JP and we're joined this week. I missed Brian McNally of the Washington examiner welcome guys -- for having me the break on though lineup today worry me talking Colts. The capitals newest signing -- potty and a little low that's fingers everybody's talking Ovechkin these days. And then it will go to a little bit a hole in time guys bullets there with you Brian because you're around mr. Adam -- it's all the time. Were nineteen games and at what kind of -- coach is -- Kelly more than they think he's communicators he's canoe like get his message across to his players anyway possible. That was his strength and that was what he was brought in to do. I think so far that. You know it's worked out the biggest thing the Alex Ovechkin to right wing. Issue and he's my size that pretty well but it will be back on that. Back in the left wing for a few games with some players maybe not up to standard so. Honestly I think Adam Oates has done a good job. And getting as much as he can here -- first 1920 games. Because lets us know training camp the lockout not much not much chance for him to -- to get off to a hot start this year it's kind of held things together it -- a little bit. -- -- after their win over Carolina coach said that he thinks that this team is about sixty to 70%. There. How confident are you that they're moving in the right direction. I'm and fairly confident that they have things going in the right direction or at least have turned it around early in the season I think it was one step forward two steps back. And now I think there at least one step forward. One step back or maybe even one and a half that sort prayers that back but like Brian is saying unity is a team that didn't have that three season they didn't have training camp. They had seven pre season game schedule if you -- those seven off the nineteen they've played so far. The last dozen games look a lot better I mean record looks better special teams are very good with the exception maybe of that Philly game the other night. And goals against singles or looked -- so I think that things are headed in the right direction I still think that. How much is dealing maybe with and less than ideal. Set of players for what he wants to do is personnel may not match exactly wants to do as a coach. So I think that we did there's reason to be optimistic that things are headed in the right direction. Final. Well the caps have an off day after their double header but the front office still in action Brian. Acquiring -- will potty from Vancouver -- around kids Smart kid what are we expected of him. Potentially wouldn't think they need a ton of guys like this but he's he's a fourth liner I mean that's strictly how Vancouver used him. That he is not a guy that's going to score any goals for you. He's gonna fight he's already got four fights this year to think that matches Matt Hendricks. Who has four as well so little toughness that lineup. Didn't -- almost exclusively neutral zone defensive zone player. For his own starts. So. You know maybe obviously would you look at that as you say George McPhee thinks this lineup needs a little bit of toughness. A little bit of -- I guess that's been missing and he can fill that in that limited role he was reasonably okay that in Vancouver but. Expecting much more from that is it would be when you get. To -- jump right into things or do we expect him up in the press box could question that we're just I think Joey crap kinda had a rough night the other night in Philly in a struggle a little bit I I think he could crack the lineup right away. He's playing regularly in Vancouver played sixteen games so I would imagine he'd be in there. IRA it well at promised COB talk 'cause everybody's talking and that's again. A couple of interesting comments made a Mexican is an up and down this season just like the rest of the team. And at the comments on him all season long have -- high and low as well so a couple little things that about him yesterday JP. Where is about -- as the season. I mean -- first -- think -- the rumor is Mike Milbury comments the other night during the Philadelphia game after two periods and now I'll leave that discussion. The credibility and the delivery of the message. And talk about some underlying points for that which I thought or were valid regarding events in the Dallas have. Last a lot of the context which is that he had a very good February. His shots per game. Who is you're five shots per game for February I mean it -- a pace that would lead the league. Right now we actually. Going into Thursday night games and was league leaders in shots and also. I think that his transition to the right wing you know he's played well he drew a lot of penalties against that it doubles in the past couple games. And having said -- against the -- so. You know fur as shallow as -- be back talking is after Patrick I think it's probably equally -- -- based on forty minute. And it's the game against the word -- entire team played terribly. That set I think you know obviously. Did that goal right now is to get the most. About to match from the huge news and the path. But he can still be an effective player and through most of February I think you saw that he was so. I think that his game is rounding into where it needs to be it needs to be more consistent. In terms. The effort and focus and completeness of the game but I think you know. I I don't think that the cats are dissatisfied necessarily. Which. Brian what do you see you know that's in this season and how do you assess his transition to the right wing. Lot of what JP said I think he's is spot on I mean and Mike Milbury doesn't do new line so we don't get nuance from. From some of those comments let you know the game against New Jersey the other day and the first game against New Jersey. He was brilliant and he didn't have a point you know he drew penalties though his physical all the stuff that they complained about yesterday and the on the broadcast was there. So in that respect I think he's on the right track will he be the the guy that is living up to every dinner that night and have ten million dollar contract. Probably not I think you know those days of fifty goals and all that stuff for -- in the past but. Doesn't mean can be effective player doesn't mean can't be a star player. You know I think as he gets more time in the system more time on right wing. That there's no reason at age when he seven he can't still be. A dominant NHL player. Okay this team where wants to go but. You know sometimes I think the expectations and and the bar's set beyond what a lot of superstars. -- -- will get. -- buddies over at six unbelievable. Wanna know about -- and if Brian. He's the French school -- He's still got to prove that I mean he certainly could be is he a top five goalie to get that kind of ceiling I'm not sure about that I mean that's. Definitely remains to be seen but you have to like what you've seen so far I mean in. Limited NHL duty he is done about as close to -- he can expect from. Fourth round draft pick who they were you know hopeful could turn into something and you know. Michael Moore I think he's outplayed Michael Moore -- I think that's fair to say JPM in you know so in that respect he's the franchise goalie. Whether he is a franchise goalie among you know among the best in the league. He's still got to prove that that's that's something that help get the next year's soda. Do determined. Yeah I mean the jury's still very much out on how good he can be heard every shot out he's had he's had a complete showing it seems you know you do. There's been some might. Minimal a middle ground for this guy so apartment it's those so early in his. In his career. Any everything got the new -- he obviously has the faith of the coaching staff and the organization right now. And so he's got the longer leash there and can run with him as long as he can do it. And so I think that for right now he looks like their future. And net but of course. You know how far behind is -- -- -- They say great things about him in Hershey and I was so brief bit of it. Thursday night or Wednesday night. -- so. You know I think that Michael my Everett Scott the a little bit concerned about his spot and needs to work and get back. In there and play well as get back in there. Right now it's in that they. At least to me you can do some noise in the system I hope he's on top of. -- -- I want to ask you where you think Michael river fits into things now because it seems like you said JP. That hoping he has you know the backing of the court coaching staff and everything. No -- -- had his opportunities at a time when nobody was playing defense in front of him. And so -- -- he also struggled and that once we saw the team pick it up and he even says that. It's not just him playing better if everyone playing better in front of him. So where does that leave -- -- Well you you wondered what you can say in order to get squeezed out a little -- which group are coming -- they really like they think he's got that. The mental side of the game very similar to hold him very calm collected maybe not hold him more actually late in -- But you know his numbers are there in the minors and they're going to wanna see what they have in them. My delivered next and he gets the opportunity whenever that is maybe -- -- Saturday when effect he's got to take advantage of it I mean he's a year ahead of hope be. You really can't afford to pass those things that. And so far we've seen good play from him obviously -- the playoff -- few years ago. We haven't seen enough and you can kind of get priced out you know -- the cheaper option that they feel is better in -- -- coming in next year. You know it's an obvious trade scenario you know after the season so. He's he's under the gun a little bit I think. Wanna be next and there's no longer goalie question here in Washington. Think again our guys I want to thank you for joining me on capitals net presence I don't think you guys for watching at home for -- he. And mr. Brian McNally and I'm Kelly Kelly and good night. CSN Washington dot com.

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