The Capitals are on a roll and are cruising through their 2019-20 schedule. Through 34 games, the Capitals have just five regulation losses. The Capitals had a good week, as they defeated Boston and Tampa Bay.
What is impressive about the latest Capitals wins is that the Capitals are not blowing teams away. The Capitals are playing a dynamic game, and they are attacking the opposing teams in waves. This Capitals team is beating teams with strong depth at every position. There is incredible balance with this club, and the Capitals leadership group is a major reason why this club is so balanced.
THE LEADERS ARE PAVING THE WAY
One thing the Capitals have that a few teams lack is a quality leadership group. Players like Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby, T.J. Oshie, and Tom Wilson lead by example on the ice.
From blocking a shot to winning a board battle to scoring a timely goal, the Capitals core players all do these little things on the ice. The leadership group brings a great energy to the ice in most games.
When leaders lead, it rubs off on the players that are not the biggest names. Players like Jakub Vrana and Garnet Hathaway bring additional energy to the group, even though they are not the Capitals top players.
DOING THE LITTLE THINGS WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Capitals leadership group knows what it takes to win a championship. It requires sacrifice, hard work, and dedication. It requires each player to play hard for the next player that sits next to them on the bench.
Without leadership, there is no one to lead by example on and off the ice. Without leadership, there is no formula on how to win.
Hockey is a game that entails more than just highlight reel goals, assists, and big hits. The team aspect to the game is the biggest part of the game that dictates on-ice success.
The best way for a club to generate a winning culture is to have a quality leadership group. The Capitals have leaders at every position. This will keep the Capitals in championship contention for many years to come.
By: George Foussekis