#5 Craig Laughlin
Craig Laughlin is a color commentator at NBC Sports Washington during their Capitals game broadcasts but he also was an integral part in turning the franchise around. As part of the Save the Caps campaign, he was acquired in a blockbuster trade going to the Caps from the Montreal Canadiens along with Doug Jarvis, Rod Langway, and Brian Engblom.
His first season in D.C. saw him score 17 goals and 27 assists for 44 points. The next year he scored 20 goals and 32 assists for 52 points. In 1984-85 he scored 16 goals and 34 assists for 50 points. In 1985-86 he had a breakout year with 30 goals and 45 assists for 75 points. The next year he scored 22 goals and 30 assists for 52 points. Before he was traded to the Los Angles Kings he had five goals and five assists for 10 points. He was traded in February of 1988 for Grant Ledyard.
Laughlin spent six seasons in the Nation’s Capital appearing in 428 regular season games and recording 110 goals and 173 assists. He also played in 27 playoff games for the Capitals. Laughlin has severed as an analyst for Capitals broadcasts since 1990. Overall, he suited up in 549 games over eight NHL seasons with Montreal, Washington, Los Angeles, and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
We are lucky to have Locker call the games and bring the game to us in our living rooms along with his partner in crime Joe Beninati.