Now that Adam Oates and his right-left obsession have left town, is Alex Ovechkin a right wing or left wing?

When Oates interviewed for the job of Capitals head coach two summers ago he laid out his plan to resurrect the career of Ovechkin, who was coming off a career-low 65-point season as a left wing under Bruce Boudreau and Dale Hunter.

At first, Ovechkin resisted Oates’ bold move, but he relented and began scoring goals by the dozens, winning the Rocket Richard trophy as the NHL’s goal leader with 32 goals in 48 games last season and again this season with 51 goals in 78 games.

Oates would tell you that Ovechkin had better looks and more scoring opportunities from the right side of the ice, but he’d also acknowledge that most of Ovechkin’s 24 power-play goals came from his old familiar spot in the left offensive circle.