I think I recall Zajac saying something about how Oates suggested that he change the blade on his stick be made wider/taller and Zajac attributing his added success at faceoffs to that.
Again, I am not necessarily attributing his coaching to the improvement. However, in 2010-11 Zajac was one of the best in the league, especially in the first 55-60% of the season. He did fall off a bit after that though. Additionally, the 52% to 57% is a really solid jump, especially for a player who takes 1000+ faceoffs a year.
Edited by ATLL765, 04 May 2014 - 06:24 AM.