Washington Capitals: Top 30 Players In Franchise History

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Steve Konowalchuk

Coming in at number 27 on our list of the greatest Washington Capitals players in franchise history was a fan favorite who spent a majority of his career with the Caps: Steve Konowalchuk. Konowalchuk quickly became a fan favorite in the nation’s capital because of his blue-collar approach to hockey. He also gave it his all whenever he was on the ice. He was often rewarded for his efforts. Konowalchuk spent 13 seasons of his 15 season career with the Capitals.

He was a third-round pick of the Washington Capitals in the 1991 NHL Draft. He made his NHL debut during the 1991-1992 season. He played in 36 games in 1992-1993. During the 1993-1994 season, Steve found a full-time job with the Caps. In his 13 seasons with the team, he played in 693 games. He had 146 goals and 196 assists for 342 points. He ranks eighth in franchise history in games played. He also ranks tenth in franchise history in career plus-minus with a +62 rating.

The Caps traded Konowalchuk to the Avalanche to give him a chance to play for a Stanley Cup during the 2003-2004 NHL season. He spent two seasons with the Avalanche but sadly never won a Stanley Cup. Konowalchuk was the first player born in Utah to make the NHL and is currently the head coach for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL.

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