Capitals coach Adam Oates spent all of last season trying to get right-handed shooting left winger Alex Ovechkin comfortable playing on the right side.

The two were rewarded when Ovechkin led the NHL with 32 goals and won the Hart Trophy for the third time in his career.

“I’ve said this lots of times” Oates said Thursday after overseeing his first day of training camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

“I’m very thankful that he trusted me enough to try it. He was a very successful man before he met me and he was willing to try it. We’re all glad he had some success.”

So what do Oates and Ovechkin have up their sleeves this season?

“I think he’s got a lot of room to grow” Oates said “He’s obviously a fantastic hockey player and all it did [moving from left wing to right wing] was allow him to touch the puck more. I think if he gets used to that he’s going to want the puck more and that’s going to help his linemates.”

Ovechkin who will turn 28 next week is scheduled to start the season on the same top line that ended last season with center Nicklas Backstrom and left wing Marcus Johansson.