Adam Oates always seems to have something interesting to say. Earlier in the season, he made waves when he called out Tomas Hertl of the San Jose Sharks for using a flashy breakaway move (against the New York Rangers). He had an intriguing view on Tom Wilson’s recent charge on Brayden Schenn of the Philadelphia Flyers earlier in the month, and now Oates has taken to bashing the shootout.
While he’s hardly the first person to come forward and admit their dislike of the shootout, it is worth noting that the Washington Capitals have won more of their games via the skills competition than any other team in the NHL. Eight of Washington’s 19 wins have come in the shootout.
John Feinstein of The Washington Post spoke to Oates about the shootout, and the bench boss had this to say:
I don’t believe in them. I know the fans like it, but that’s because it has kind of a carnival effect. I mean, I get it. It’s in the rules, but maybe because I never played with it, I don’t really like it very much.
Oates obviously knows that his team is 11-15 in games that don’t go to the shootout, but the extra points have allowed them to climb to second in the Metropolitan Division.