Washington Capitals: Top 10 defensemen of all-time

John Carlson, Washington Capitals (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Kevin Hatcher, Washington Capitals (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images)
Kevin Hatcher, Washington Capitals (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images) /

#6 Kevin Hatcher

Number six on our list is Kevin Hatcher who was a big part of the Caps from the mid 1980’s to the early 1990’s. He was drafted in the first round at 17th overall in the 1984 NHL Draft. He played most of the 1984-85 season with the North Bay Centennials but did suit up in a Capitals sweater twice that year. Then he became a full time defensemen the next season where he scored nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points.

The next season he added eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points before having a breakout season the next year with 14 goals and 27 assists for 41 points. He added another 27 assist season in 1988-89 to go along with 13 goals and 40 points.

In the 1989-90 season, Hatcher had another 13 goal season to go along with 41 assists for 54 points. The next year was another breakout year with 24 goals and 50 assists for 74 points.

He had 17 goals and 37 assists for 54 points his next year before adding a career-high 34 goals along with 45 assists for 79 points. His final season in D.C. was in 1993-94 where he recorded 16 goals and 24 assists for 40 points.

In January of 1995 he was traded to the Dallas Stars for Mark Tinordi and Rick Mrozik. He finished his career with stops in Pittsburgh and Carolina as well.