This decision marks another shift in style for Ovechkin as Oates has also been experimenting with utilizing him on the right wing. A career left winger, Ovechkin has been paired with Nicklas Backstrom and winger Marcus Johansson during the course of training camp.
The change has been slightly bumpy, as Ovechkin and Johansson collided during a scrimmage on Tuesday, which resulted in the star winger suffering a bloody lip. Ovechkin has also stated that he feels "lost" on the right side.
As it currently stands, Ovechkin would be a key figure in the Capitals special teams play. During practice on Wednesday, he spent time on both powerplay units.