|2012–13 Washington Capitals season|
|Home arena||Verizon Center|
|Colors||Red, navy, white
|Media||Comcast SportsNet Washington
Federal News Radio (1500 AM)
The Fan (106.7 FM)
|Owner(s)||Monumental Sports & Entertainment
(Ted Leonsis, chairman)
|General manager||George McPhee|
|Head coach||Adam Oates|
|Minor league affiliates||Hershey Bears (AHL)
Reading Royals (ECHL)
|Conference championships||1 (1997–98)|
|Presidents' Trophies||1 (2009–10)|
|Division championships||8 (1988–89, 1999–2000
2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13)
The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team that plays in Washington, D.C.. They are members of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Since their founding in 1974, the "Caps" have won one conference championship to reach the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals, and captured seven division titles. In 1997, the team moved their home hockey rink from the suburban Capital Centre to the new Verizon Center in Washington, DC. Former AOL executive Ted Leonsis has owned the team since 1999, and has revitalized the franchise by drafting star players such as Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, and hiring former head coach Bruce Boudreau. The 2009–10 Capitals won the franchise's first-ever Presidents' Trophy, for being the team with the most points at the end of the regular season. Following Boudreau's departure during the 2010-2011 season, the Capitals hired former Capital Dale Hunter as head coach. Hunter decided not to return after the 2011-2012 season leading Washington to hire former Capitals player and recent Hall of Fame inductee Adam Oates to the head coaching position.
Along with the Kansas City Scouts, the Capitals joined the National Hockey League as an expansion team for the 1974–75 season. The team was owned by Abe Pollin (also owner of the NBA's Washington Bullets/Wizards until his death on November 24, 2009). Pollin had built the Capital Centre in suburban Landover, Maryland, to house both the Bullets (who formerly played in Baltimore) and the Capitals. His first act as owner was to hire Hall of Famer Milt Schmidt as general manager.
With a combined 30 teams between the NHL and the World Hockey Association (WHA), the available talent was stretched thin. The Capitals had few players with professional experience and were at a disadvantage against the long-standing teams that were stocked with veteran players. Like the other three teams who joined the league during the WHA era—the Scouts (now the New Jersey Devils), Atlanta Flames (now playing in Calgary), and New York Islanders—the Capitals did not factor the survival of the rival league into their plans.
The Capitals' inaugural season was dreadful, even by expansion standards. They finished with far and away the worst record in the league at 8–67–5. Their 21 points were half that of their expansion brethren, the Scouts. The eight wins are the fewest for an NHL team playing at least 70 games, and the .131 winning percentage is still the worst in NHL history. They also set records for most road losses (39 out of 40), most consecutive road losses (37),and most consecutive losses (17). Coach Jim Anderson said, "I'd rather find out my wife was cheating on me than keep losing like this. At least I could tell my wife to cut it out." Schmidt himself had to take over the coaching reins late in the season. (Only once in NHL history has another team even come close to matching this futility: the 1980-81 Winnipeg Jets finished with 9 wins and 57 losses, but a relatively impressive 14 ties.)
In 1975–76, Washington went 25 straight games without a win and allowed 394 goals en route to another horrendous record: 11–59–10 (32 points). During the middle of the season, Max McNab was hired as GM, and Tom McVie was hired as head coach to replace Schmidt. For the rest of the 1970s and early 1980s, the Capitals alternated between dreadful seasons and finishing only a few points out of the playoffs. In 1980 and 1981, for instance, they were in playoff contention until the last day of the season. The one bright spot during these years of futility was that many of McNab's draft picks (e.g. Rick Green, Ryan Walter, Mike Gartner, Bengt Gustafsson, Gaetan Duchesne, Bobby Carpenter) would impact the team for years to come, whether as important members of the roster or crucial pieces to major trades. By the summer of 1982, there was serious talk of the team moving out of the U.S. capital, and a "Save the Caps" campaign was underway. Then two significant events took place to solve the problem.
First, the team hired David Poile as General Manager. Second, as his first move, Poile pulled off one of the largest trades in franchise history on September 9, 1982, when he dealt longtime regulars Ryan Walter and Rick Green to the Montreal Canadiens for Rod Langway (named captain only a few weeks later), Brian Engblom, Doug Jarvis, and Craig Laughlin. This move turned the franchise around, as Langway's solid defense helped the team to dramatically reduce its goals-against, and the explosive goal-scoring of Dennis Maruk, Mike Gartner, and Bobby Carpenter fueled the offensive attack. Another significant move was the drafting of defenseman Scott Stevens during the 1982 NHL Entry Draft (the pick was made by interim-GM Roger Crozier, prior to Poile's hiring). The result was a 29-point jump, a third-place finish in the powerful Patrick Division, and the team's first playoff appearance in 1983. Although they were eliminated by the three-time-defending (and eventual) Stanley Cup Champion New York Islanders (three games to one), the Caps' dramatic turnaround ended any talk of the club leaving Washington.
The Capitals would make the playoffs for each of the next 14 years in a row. They became known for starting slow before catching fire in January and February. However, regular-season success did not carry into the playoffs. Despite a continuous march of stars like Gartner, Carpenter, Langway, Gustafsson, Mike Ridley, Dave Christian, Dino Ciccarelli, Larry Murphy, and Kevin Hatcher, Washington was knocked out in either the first or second round eight years in a row. In 1985–86, for instance, the Caps finished with 107 points and won 50 games for the first time in franchise history, good enough for the third-best record in the league. They defeated the Islanders in the first round but were eliminated in the second round by the New York Rangers.
The next season brought even more heartbreak, with a loss to the Islanders in the Patrick Division Semifinal. This series was capped off by the classic Easter Epic game, which ended at 1:56 am on Easter Sunday 1987. The Capitals had thoroughly dominated most of the game, outshooting the Islanders 75–52, but lost in overtime when goaltender Bob Mason was beaten on a Pat LaFontaine shot from the blue line. For the 1989 playoff push, Gartner and defenseman Larry Murphy were traded to the Minnesota North Stars in exchange for Ciccarelli and defenseman Bob Rouse, however the goaltending once again faltered and they were eliminated in the first round by the Philadelphia Flyers. The Capitals finally made the Wales Conference Finals in 1990, but went down in a four-game sweep at the hands of the first-place Boston Bruins.
Eastern Conference champions 
Then in 1998, Peter Bondra's 52 goals led the team, veterans Dale Hunter, Joe Juneau and Adam Oates returned to old form, and Olaf Kolzig had a solid .920 save percentage as the Caps got past the Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, and Buffalo Sabres (the latter on a dramatic overtime win in game six on a goal by Joe Juneau) en route to the team's first (and to date, only) Stanley Cup finals appearance. The Capitals won six overtime games, three in each of their series against the Bruins and Sabres. However, the team was outmatched by the defending champions, the Detroit Red Wings, who won in a four-game sweep.
That same season, Oates, Phil Housley, and Hunter all scored their 1,000th career point, the only time in NHL history that one team had 3 different players reach that same milestone in a single season.
Disappointments and rebuilding 
In 1999, the team was sold to a group headed by AOL executive Ted Leonsis. The Capitals went on to win back-to-back Southeast Division titles in 2000 and 2001, yet both years lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Pittsburgh Penguins. After the 2000–01 season, Adam Oates demanded a trade but management refused and stripped him of his team captaincy.
In the summer of 2001, the Capitals landed five-time Art Ross Trophy winner Jaromir Jagr, by trading three young prospects to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jagr was signed to the largest contract ever in NHL history - $77 million over 7 years at an average salary of $11 million per year (over $134,000 per game), with an option for an eighth year. However, after Adam Oates was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers, the Capitals failed to defend their division title and missed the playoffs in 2002 despite a winning record. Still, the 2001–2002 season marked the highest attendance in franchise history, drawing in 710,990 fans and 17,341 per game.
Before the 2002-03 season, the Caps made more roster changes, including the signing of highly regarded Robert Lang as a free agent, a linemate of Jagr's from Pittsburgh. Washington returned to the playoffs in 2003, but disappointed fans again by losing in six games to the Tampa Bay Lightning after starting off with a two-game lead in the best-of-seven first-round series. The series is well-remembered for the three-overtime Game 6 at the then-MCI Center, the longest game in the building's history, which was eventually decided by a power play goal by Tampa.
In the 2003–2004 season, the Caps unloaded some of their high-priced talent — not just a cost-cutting spree, but also an acknowledgment that their attempt to build a contender with high-priced veteran talent had failed. Jagr had never lived up to expectations during his time with the Capitals, failing to finish among the league's top scorers or make the postseason All-Star Team. The Caps tried to trade Jagr, but as only one year was left on the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement before it expired, few teams were willing to risk $11 million on an underperforming player. In 2004, Jagr was finally sent to the New York Rangers for Anson Carter and an agreement that Washington would pay approximately four million dollars per year of Jagr's salary, with Jagr himself agreeing to defer (with interest) $1 million per year for the remainder of his contract to allow the trade to go ahead. This was quickly followed by Peter Bondra going to the Ottawa Senators. Not long after, Robert Lang was sent to Detroit and Gonchar to the Bruins. The Robert Lang trade marked the first time in the history of the National Hockey League that the league's leading scorer was traded in the middle of the season. The Capitals ended the year 23–46–10–6, tied for the second worst record, along with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Alexander Ovechkin era (2004 - present) 
In the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, the Capitals won the Draft Lottery, moving ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins who had the NHL's worst record, and selected Alexander Ovechkin first overall. During the NHL labor dispute of 2004–05, which cost the NHL its entire season, Ovechkin stayed in Russia, playing for Moscow Dynamo. Several other Capitals played part or all of the lost season in Europe, including Olaf Kolzig, Brendan Witt, and Jeff Halpern. The Capitals' 2005 off-season consisted of making D.C.-area native Halpern the team's captain, signing Andrew Cassels, Ben Clymer, Mathieu Biron and Jamie Heward, and acquiring Chris Clark and Jeff Friesen via trade.
The Capitals finished the 2005–06 NHL season in the cellar of the Southeastern Division again, with a 29–41–12 campaign, having 12 more points than the 2003–04 Season, good for 27th out of the 30 NHL teams. Yet the team played close in every game, playing in 42 one-goal games, although losing 2/3 of those games. Ovechkin's rookie season exceeded the hype, as he led all 2005–06 NHL rookies in goals, points, power-play goals and shots. He finished third overall in the NHL in scoring and tied for third in goals; and his 425 shots not only led the league, but also set an NHL rookie record and was the fourth-highest total in NHL history. Ovechkin's rookie point total was the second-best in Washington Capitals history, and his goal total was tied for third in franchise history. Ovechkin won the Calder Memorial Trophy, beating out Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby and Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf.
Many longtime Capitals had career years, with Dainius Zubrus netting 57 points, Halpern having a career-best 33 assists, Matt Pettinger putting in a career-best 20-goal, 38-point effort and seven others on the relatively young team topping 20 points for the first time. Two notable landmarks were also hit by Capitals, as the team's longest tenured Capital, Olaf Kolzig, won his 250th game in goal and Andrew Cassels became the 204th player to play 1,000 games, although he did not finish out his season with the team. A notable first was that Washington area native Jeff Halpern was named captain of his hometown Capitals. At the 2006 trade deadline, March 8, Brendan Witt was traded to Nashville.
In the 2006 offseason, Halpern left the Capitals to join the Dallas Stars; Chris Clark became the Capitals' new captain. Richard Zednik returned to the Capitals in 2006–07 after a disappointing 16-goal, 14-assist season in 2005–06 with Montreal, but was later dealt at the trade deadline to the New York Islanders after a disappointing and injury plagued season; the Caps also signed former Philadelphia Flyers enforcer Donald Brashear.
Yet the Capitals finished with the same point total (70) in 2006–2007 as they did the year before, although they won one fewer game. Alexander Ovechkin was the Capitals' lone representative in the All-Star game. The year was also notable for the breakout of Alexander Semin, who notched 38 goals in only his second NHL season.
The Capitals signed Swedish phenom Nicklas Backstrom, the fourth overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract. They also signed 19-year-old Semyon Varlamov to a three-year entry-level contract. They then went on to fill needs at defense, by signing puck moving defenseman Tom Poti, right wing, by signing Viktor Kozlov, and center, by signing playmaker Michael Nylander. Because of these signings there was much more hope for the 07–08 season and players were looking towards the playoffs.
After starting the season 6–14–1, the Capitals fired coach Glen Hanlon and replaced him with Hershey Bears coach Bruce Boudreau on Thanksgiving Day, 2007. On January 10, 2008, the Capitals signed Ovechkin to a league-record $124 million contract extension; at 13 years, it also had the second-longest term of any contract in the NHL, after New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro's 15-year contract.
Despite the Capitals' young defense and injuries to key players such as Michael Nylander and Brian Pothier, Boudreau engineered a remarkable turnaround. Aided by key moves at the trade deadline (Matt Cooke, Sergei Fedorov and Cristobal Huet), Ovechkin's league-leading 65 goals, and Mike Green's NHL defenseman leading 18 goals, the Capitals won the Southeast Division title for the first time since the 2000–01 NHL season, edging out the Carolina Hurricanes for the division title on the final game of the season. Their remarkable end of season run included winning 11 of the final 12 regular season games. The Capitals became the first team in NHL history to make the playoffs after being ranked 14th or lower in their conference standings at the season's midpoint. The Capitals drew the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round, and managed to force a Game 7 after being down 3-1 in the series. They ultimately lost to the Flyers 3–2 in OT. After the season concluded, Boudreau's efforts were rewarded with a long term contract.
The accolades for the team continued to grow after the end of the season. Alex Ovechkin won the Art Ross Trophy, the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy, the Hart Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Award. Ovechkin became the first player in NHL history to win all four awards in the same season. He also was the first player to win an MVP award in any major sport in the Washington, DC area since Joe Theismann won the NFL MVP in 1983. Moreover, he was named an NHL First Team All-Star and became the first player since 1953 to be named as such in each of his first three years in the NHL. Nicklas Backstrom was a finalist for the Calder Trophy, but ended up second to the Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane; however, Backstrom was still selected to the All-Star Rookie Team. Bruce Boudreau won the Jack Adams Award for NHL best coach. Ovechkin and Mike Green were named to the Sporting News All-Star Team, with Ovechkin being the Sporting News Player of the Year.
The 2008-09 NHL season was highlighted by the play of Green (who was the third of the Capitals' 3 first-round selections in Ovechkin's draft year) and Ovechkin. Green led all NHL defensemen in goals and points. He set the record for the longest consecutive goal scoring streak by a defenseman with eight games. Ovechkin won his second Hart Trophy, his second Lester B. Pearson Award and his second Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy. The Capitals finished the regular season with a record of 50-24-8 and a team record 108 points, and they won their second consecutive Southeast Division championship. They defeated the New York Rangers in the first round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs 4 games to 3, overcoming a 3-1 deficit. The Capitals were then defeated by the eventual champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference semi-finals in seven games.
The Capitals finished the 2009-10 NHL season regular season first in the league with 121 points and won the Presidents' Trophy. Ovechkin lead the team in points with 109, and finished as the third highest goal scorer, despite playing 9 games fewer than the league leaders Sidney Crosby and Henrik Sedin. Backstrom finished with 101 points, fourth most in the NHL. Once again, Mike Green led all defensemen in points, finishing with 76. The Capitals also dominated the plus/minus category, finishing with 5 players in the top six. Despite having a top-ranked regular season, they were defeated by the 8th seeded Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs.
The 2010-11 NHL season saw the Capitals repeat as the Southeast Division champions and the top team in the Eastern Conference with 107 points. The season was highlighted by their participation in the 2011 NHL Winter Classic, where they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 at Heinz Field. However, the Capitals' playoff disappointment continued. After defeating the New York Rangers in five games of the first round, they were swept by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Capitals made a splash in the 2011 Free Agent Frenzy, signing Troy Brouwer (a restricted free agent in a trade from Chicago) and Roman Hamrlik to two year deals, Joel Ward to a four year deal and brought former captain Jeff Halpern back with a one year deal on July 1. Tomas Vokoun, the top free agent goaltender, signed with the club on July 2 to a one year contract. Christian Hanson, son of Hanson brother David, joined the club on July 10.
The Capitals started the 2011–12 NHL season with a record of 7-0, but they only won five of their next 15 games. As a result, General Manager George McPhee fired head coach Bruce Boudreau and hired Capitals legend Dale Hunter to replace him.
By the end of the 2011-2012 season, the team's top two goaltenders, Michal Neuvirth and Tomas Vokoun, were injured and the Capitals were required to lean on their goaltending prospect Braden Holtby to help the team into the playoffs. The Capitals made a strong push and finished with the 7th overall seed in the Eastern Conference and drew the defending champion Boston Bruins in the first-round. The Capitals shocked the NHL by defeating the heavily-favored Boston Bruins in 7 games on an overtime goal by Joel Ward. Young goaltender Braden Holtby was remarkable in his first-ever professional playoff series and outplayed defending Vezina and Conn-Smythe winner Tim Thomas for most of the series. Previously, no single series in the Stanley Cup playoffs had ever gone as far as 6 or 7 games while neither team ever held more than a one goal lead. For the first time in NHL history, the Bruins and Capitals completed an entire 7 game playoff series without more than a one goal differential.
The Capitals then advanced to the second-round to face the first seeded New York Rangers. The first four games yielded one home and one away win for each team. With the series deadlocked at 2-2, the Capitals looked to win game 5 while leading 2-1 in the third period. The Rangers pulled goalie Henrik Lundqvist which gave the Capitals an opportunity in the final minutes to score on an empty net and ensure victory. However, during a face off with 22 seconds remaining in regulation the Capitals surrendered a high sticking minor penalty that coupled with a second minor for drawing blood. With Lundquist still on the bench, the Rangers power play attacked with 6 skaters against 4 Capitals penalty killers backed by Braden Holtby. While Holtby tried to cover a loose puck shot by Ryan Callahan, another Rangers forward Brad Richards scored a game tying goal with less than 7 seconds left. The Rangers won the game quickly in overtime during the second portion of the double minor. In game 6, the Capitals commanded a 2-0 shut out going into the last minute. Despite yielding a goal in the last minute for the second game in a row, the Capitals warded off elimination and forced a game 7 at Madison Square Garden. In game 7, the Rangers opened the scoring early, as the Capitals had in game 6, with a goal in the first five minutes of the game. The team to score first in games 1 through 6 had won every game, so the Capitals were facing a steep climb. There was no scoring in the second period, and the Capitals were not able to capitalize on any of the many scoring chances that they had in the period. The Rangers scored again in the third period, but less than 40 seconds later, Roman Hamrlik finally scored his first goal of the playoffs to bring it to a one-goal deficit for the Capitals. The Capitals went on the power play soon after, but were not even able to test Lundqvist, and even gave up two short-handed two-on-ones that were stifled by Holtby. With less than two minutes to play in regulation, the Capitals tried to pull Holtby for the extra attacker, but were not able to clear the puck from their zone. Finally, with less than 20 seconds left to play, the Capitals, with the extra attacker, won an offensive zone faceoff but were not able to score, losing the game 2-1.
Season-by-season record 
This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Capitals. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Washington Capitals seasons Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime Losses/SOL = Shootout Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
|2008–09||82||50||24||8||108||272||245||1st, Southeast||Lost in Conference Semifinals, 3-4 (Penguins)|
|2009–10||82||54||15||13||121||318||233||1st, Southeast||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 3-4 (Canadiens)|
|2010–11||82||48||23||11||107||224||197||1st, Southeast||Lost in Conference Semifinals, 0-4 (Lightning)|
|2011–12||82||42||32||8||92||222||230||2nd, Southeast||Lost in Conference Semifinals, 3-4 (Rangers)|
|2012–13||48||27||18||3||57||149||130||1st, Southeast||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 3-4 (Rangers)|
Team colors 
The Capitals took to the ice in red, white, and blue jerseys featuring contrast-colored shoulders and stars on the chest and sleeves. The team originally had red, white, and blue pants options, but quickly retired the white pants. The blue pants would eventually become the only option used.
Prior to the start of the 1995–96 season, in an attempt to modernize the look and improve merchandise sales, the team abandoned its original logo and color scheme in favor of a blue, black and bronze palette with an American bald eagle with five stars as its logo. The alternate logo depicted the Capitol with crossed hockey sticks behind. The new logos were viewed as being unpopular with fans. Prior to the 2000-01 season, the team retired its blue road jersey in favor of the alternate black Capitol uniform, but still kept the white eagle jersey for home games.
The Capitals unveiled new uniforms on June 22, 2007 which coincided with the NHL Entry Draft and the new league-wide adaptation of the Reebok-designed uniform system for 2007–08. The change marks a return to the red, white, and blue color scheme originally used from 1974 to 1995. The new primary logo is reminiscent of the original Capitals' logo, complete with a hockey stick formed by the letter "t"; it also includes a new feature the original logo didn't have: 3 stars representing Maryland, Virginia, and DC. More simply, the stars are a reference to the flag of DC, which is in turn based on the shield of George Washington's family coat of arms. The new alternate logo uses an eagle in the shape of a "W" with the silhouette of the United States Capitol building in the negative space below.
For the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the Capitals wore a white jersey honoring its past with the original logo. The jersey resembled the one the franchise wore from 1974-1975 to 1994-1995. Instead of wearing the combination of blue pants and white helmets that the team used when it played at the Capital Centre, the Caps chose red pants and helmets for the New Year's Day game. The Caps wore the same jersey, minus the NHL Winter Classic patch, on February 1, 2011 to honor Hockey Hall of Fame winger Dino Ciccarelli.
The Capitals announced on September 16, 2011 that it would wear a third jersey modeled after the Winter Classic jersey for 16 road games during the 2011-2012 season. The Caps will wear white helmets to go along with its red pants.
Current roster 
Updated April 4, 2013.
Retired numbers 
|Washington Capitals retired numbers|
|5||Rod Langway||D||1982–1993||November 26, 1997|
|7||Yvon Labre||D||1974–1980||November 22, 1980|
|11||Mike Gartner||RW||1979–1989||December 28, 2008|
|32||Dale Hunter||C||1987–1999||March 11, 2000|
|99 1||Wayne Gretzky||C||-||February 6, 2000 |
- 1 Gretzky never played for the franchise. His #99 was retired by the NHL league-wide.
Team captains 
Hall of Famers 
- Dino Ciccarelli: RW, 1989–1992, Inducted 2010
- Mike Gartner: RW, 1979–1989, Inducted 2001
- Rod Langway: D, 1982–1993, Inducted 2002
- Larry Murphy: D, 1983–1989, Inducted 2004
- Adam Oates: C, 1997–2002, Inducted 2012
- Scott Stevens: D, 1982–1990, Inducted 2007
First-round draft picks 
- 1974: Greg Joly (1st overall)
- 1975: Alex Forsyth (18th overall)
- 1976: Rick Green (1st overall) and Greg Carroll (15th overall)
- 1977: Robert Picard (3rd overall)
- 1978: Ryan Walter (2nd overall) and Tim Coulis (18th overall)
- 1979: Mike Gartner (4th overall)
- 1980: Darren Veitch (5th overall)
- 1981: Bob Carpenter (3rd overall)
- 1982: Scott Stevens (5th overall)
- 1983: None
- 1984: Kevin Hatcher (17th overall)
- 1985: Yvon Corriveau (19th overall)
- 1986: Jeff Greenlaw (19th overall)
- 1987: None
- 1988: Reggie Savage (15th overall)
- 1989: Olaf Kolzig (19th overall)
- 1990: John Slaney (9th overall)
- 1991: Pat Peake (14th overall) and Trevor Halverson (21st overall)
- 1992: Sergei Gonchar (14th overall)
- 1993: Brendan Witt (11th overall) and Jason Allison (17th overall)
- 1994: Nolan Baumgartner (10th overall) and Alexander Kharlamov (15th overall)
- 1995: Brad Church (17th overall) and Miika Elomo (23rd overall)
- 1996: Alexandre Volchkov (4th overall) and Jaroslav Svejkovsky (17th overall)
- 1997: Nick Boynton (9th overall)
- 1998: None
- 1999: Kris Beech (7th overall)
- 2000: Brian Sutherby (26th overall)
- 2001: None
- 2002: Steve Eminger (12th overall), Alexander Semin (13th overall), and Boyd Gordon (17th overall)
- 2003: Eric Fehr (18th overall)
- 2004: Alexander Ovechkin (1st overall), Jeff Schultz (27th overall), and Mike Green (29th overall)
- 2005: Sasha Pokulok (14th overall) and Joe Finley (27th overall)
- 2006: Nicklas Backstrom (4th overall) and Semyon Varlamov (23rd overall)
- 2007: Karl Alzner (5th overall)
- 2008: Anton Gustafsson (21st overall) and John Carlson (27th overall)
- 2009: Marcus Johansson (24th overall)
- 2010: Evgeny Kuznetsov (26th overall)
- 2011: None (pick traded to Chicago Blackhawks for Troy Brouwer)
- 2012: Filip Forsberg (11th overall) and Tom Wilson (16th overall)
Franchise scoring leaders 
These are the top-ten regular season point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.
Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; * = current Capitals player
Head coaches 
Head coaching history 
NHL awards and trophies 
- First Team All-Star
- Rod Langway: 1982–83, 1983–84
- Scott Stevens:1987–88
- Jim Carey: 1995–96
- Olaf Kolzig: 1999–00
- Alexander Ovechkin: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10
- Mike Green: 2008–09, 2009–10
- Second Team All-Star
- Rod Langway: 1984–85
- Larry Murphy: 1986–87
- Al Iafrate: 1992–93
- Sergei Gonchar: 2001–02, 2002–03
- Alexander Ovechkin: 2010–11
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