Apr 10, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr (16) is congratulated by teammate forward Joel Ward (42) after hits 3rd period gaol against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Washington Capitals defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Joel Ward: The Teacher's Assistant

 

Joel Ward is one player that has a bit of an advantage coming into this this year with the Washington Capitals.  What is the advantage you say? Joel Ward has already played under Barry Trotz while he was in Nashville.  Ward played under Trotz from 2008 until 2011 when he signed with the Capitals.

Ward says that Trotz is a very detailed person and that he pushes hard work on the ice. 

“It’s going to be fun, [but] at the same time, it’s going to be a hard-working team,” Ward told Chuck Gormley. “From my years of experience in Nashville, we weren’t the most talented I’d say on paper, but we always found a way of just being hard-working and earning our grit in points.”

- NHL.com

We have already seen that Barry Trotz is going to make this team closer with transplanting his “Predators way” into the “Capitals way” and will work the team using team building exercises.  But there is also going to be more that Barry Trotz will ask from his team.  Joel Ward says to expect homework.

“On ice, I expect us to be a lot more detailed, I think,” Ward told CSN Washington on Saturday. “You’ll get a sense of that right away; there might be some homework at times.”

- NHL.com

Ward is looking at being the teaching assistant at times and a team liaison between both Trotz and the players and helping the other players out when he can.  He will be looking to teach some of the players a thing or two as well.

“I think now I’ve got to tell some guys a few things,” Ward said, laughing, even though he already had. “It’s definitely been a good relationship in the past and hopefully keep that going. Definitely I can always teach a few guys some of the tendencies and some of the things that we’ve done back in Nashville that I’m sure he’ll carry over.”

- NBC Sports

With Ward in the locker room and on the ice helping Trotz layout his master plan, and bringing a more detailed experience to the Capitals and their fans, the Capitals should see improvement as long as everyone is on board.  It has been mentioned, by Trotz himself, that there might be some guys that don’t like the changes he is going to make.  We will have to wait and see if there is going to be any type of backlash in the locker room or on the ice if a disagreement should occur.

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