A thinner Alex Ovechkin was skating at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Tuesday to prepare for the start of training camp on Sept. 15. The Washington Capitals forward appears to have taken seriously the challenge from management and the coaching staff to get in better condition this offseason and adapt his game approaching his 13th NHL season. Ovechkin, who turns 32 on Sept. 17, was one of 13 players to skate Tuesday after he flew in from Russia with two teammates, center Evgeny Kuznetsov and defenseman Dmitry Orlov, on Monday. "You can see he lost some weight," Kuznetsov said. "Every year you're trying to be better. You change something in the summer. Ovi's like other guys, too. He wants to change something, right? It's always nice to see when your teammates get better, they change, they try something new. Maybe you see what they did and you pick up the stuff too. That's always nice." Ovechkin's weight last season was listed at 239 pounds. He was not available to speak to the media on Tuesday, so it is unknown exactly how he changed his offseason training or how much weight he lost. But the commitment to getting leaner and faster was something general manager Brian MacLellan and coach Barry Trotz stressed to Ovechkin after his goal production dropped from 50 in 2015-16 to 33 last season, his lowest total in a full season since he had 32 in 2010-11.
Thinner Ovechkin arrives early to skate with Capitals teammates
NHL.com | Aug 29