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Capitals newcomer Nate Schmidt soaks up Steve Oleksy’s lessons
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“The simpler I can keep my game, the more successful I’m going to be,” Oleksy said. “I’m not going to run around and try to be offensive. Make the good pass, contribute where I can. I try to bring a lot of energy, be strong defensively, bring a physical presence, chip in offensively wherever I can.”
The best advice he’s given thus far is “communicate,” Schmidt said. “Make sure to communicate and a lot of things will take care of themselves. That’s what we’re trying to do on the ice. We’re comfortable with each other. We’re developing a chemistry. We started developing it a little bit in training camp.”
“He moves the puck well, sees the ice well. He’s handled the speed of the game better than I thought he would, which is great,” Oates said.
“He’s a great kid with tools, a lot of upside,” Oleksy said. “He has a great mind for the game, which is very important. He enjoys the sport and he’s excited to learn.”
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