Originally written on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 11/19/14

WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 23: Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals shoots and scores in the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at the Verizon Center on December 23, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Many NHL defensemen are striving to get back to top form this season, but perhaps no player has as far to travel as Mike Green.From 2008-10, Green scored 50 goals and racked up 149 points for the Washington Capitals. But then multiple injuries and the decline of the Capitals power play rendered him a shell of his former self.Last season he scored just seven points in 32 games – and four of those points came in one game. Now Green is back to full speed after recovering from groin muscle surgery a laser procedure to improve his eyesight. He used his down time during the NHL lockout to finally get healthy. “No more pain; my mobility was good again,” Green told the Washington Times. “And I had that hop in my step that I didn't have before.”Green should also benefit from the appointment of coach Adam Oates, one of the league’s all-time great playmakers. Oates hopes recharge Washington’s power play. The return of top center Nicklas Backstrom to full health and the addition of center M...
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