Washington Capitals: Top 30 Players In Franchise History

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Scott Stevens

Coming in at number five on our list of the greatest Washington Capitals players in franchise history is Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Stevens. Stevens helped form one of the elite defensive pairings of the 1980’s with Rod Langway. Stevens was mentored by Langway, being paired with him from the moment he stepped on the ice in the NHL. Being paired with such a wily veteran as Langway jumpstarted his career. Stevens might be better known as a Devil, but it’s undeniable that the Capitals set him up for success.

Stevens played in 601 games for the Caps over his eight-season tenure in DC from 1982 to 1990. He scored 98 goals and had 331 assists for a total of 429 points. He ranks ninth in franchise history in assists. His +88 plus-minus rating ranks second in team history next to his linemate Langway. He also ranked second in penalty minutes with 1,628.

Stevens played an extremely important role for the Capitals defensively. The Caps never missed the playoffs while Stevens was with the team. That’s quite telling. His physical presence helped to define the Capitals in the 1980’s. He went on to win three Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils, including the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1999-2000.

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