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The Best Washington Capitals of All Time  

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List Rules Vote for the players you think were the best Capitals based on their time on the ice for Washington, not necessarily their popularity

Some of the greatest Capitals in team history are also some of the most recognizable faces in the league. Many Capitals have taken home individual honors, even when the team itself has faltered. If you want hall of fame players, the Capitals have them. Does the name Braden Holtby ring a bell? In addition to Holtby, players like Mike Green, Phil Housely, and Ken Klee are further proof of the great players in history who have scored for the Washington Capitals. The list also includes newbies who have shown their skill on the ice, from Alex Ovechkin to Nickolas Backstrom.

Who are some of the greatest Washington Capitals of all time? That's not an easy question, especially when you consider who has played for the team. But it's up to you to decide who are the best players to play for the Capitals. Are these guys the greatest hockey players of all time or even the best players today? That's up to you to decide but for now, take a look and vote up and down your favorite Capitals of all time.

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Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
Left Wing
2
Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
3
Braden Holtby is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
Goaltender
4
Peter Bondra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
slaft added
5
Mike Gartner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
slaft added Right wing
6
Olaf Kölzig is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
slaft added Goaltender
7
John Carlson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
Defenseman
8
Rod Langway is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
slaft added Defenseman
9
Scott Stevens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
slaft added Defenseman
10
Dale Hunter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
slaft added Centerman
11
Evgeny Kuznetsov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
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Sergei Gonchar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
slaft added Defenseman
13
T. J. Oshie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
Right wing
14
Jaromír Jágr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
Ari Aries added Jaromír Jágr
15
Mike Green is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
Defenseman
16
Adam Oates is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
Centerman
17
Al Iafrate is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
gaug66 added Defenseman
18
Dino Ciccarelli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
Right wing
19
Kevin Hatcher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
slaft added Defenseman
20
Sergei Fedorov is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
nietzschescode added Centerman, Defenseman
21
Alexander Semin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
Right wing
22
Tom Wilson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
Seventhman added Right wing

He's not number one but he is one of the best hockey players to wear a Capitals sweater and instrumental in their Stanley Cup run.  His physical presence was felt and changed the way opponents played the Caps.  Tom's offensive abilities were also underrated by the league.  Above all else, Tom sacrificed himself for the team.

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Steve Konowalchuk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
slaft added Left Wing
24
Dennis Maruk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
gaug66 added Centerman
25
Calle Johansson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Washington Capitals of All Time
slaft added Defenseman