Washington Capitals: Top 30 Players In Franchise History

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Adam Oates

Coming in at number 25 on our list of the greatest Washington Capitals players in franchise history is forward and former head coach Adam Oates. Adam Oates was a horrible head coach with the Capitals, but that shouldn’t affect anyone’s view of how great of a player he was. He spent six seasons with the Capitals and was an extremely important member of the 1997-1998 team that made it all the way to the Stanley Cup. The Caps would wind up losing to one of Oates’s former teams (the Detroit Red Wings).

In six seasons with the Caps, Oates played in 387 games. He played with the Caps while he was in his mid-thirties. Despite that, he put up some pretty impressive stats. Known as more of a playmaker than a scorer, Oates scored 73 goals and had 290 assists. He averaged just under a point per game with 363 points in 387 games. He added 20 points in 26 playoff games with the Caps.

Oates made it to the Hall of Fame with an impressive career. In 1,337 career games, Oates had 1,420 points. He scored just 341 goals, but he had 1,079 career assists.

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