Washington Capitals: Top 10 left wings of all-time

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
9 of 11
Next
Steve Konowalchuk, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger /Allsport
Steve Konowalchuk, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger /Allsport /

#3 Steve Konowalchuk

Steve Konowalchuk was drafted by the Caps in the third round at 58th overall in 1991. He spent 13 seasons with the Capitals having a pretty solid career. He became a fan favorite in D.C. for his two way game and offensive firepower. After appearing in one game in the 1991-92 season he played in 36 games the next season scoring four goals and adding seven assists for 11 points. He scored his first NHL goal on Halloween night in 1992 in Edmonton. His 1992-93 season was split between NHL and AHL action.

The next two seasons saw Konowalchuk score 12 and 11 goals, respectively, before posting a then career high 23 goals in 1995-96 in 70 games. In 1996, Konowalchuk helped lead Team USA to a title in the first ever World Cup of Hockey.

Konowalchuk added double digit goals and assists the next four seasons including a career high 24 goals and 23 assists in the 2000-01 season. The next year he was named a co-captain with defenseman Brendan Witt before being promoted to sole team captain in 2002-03. He added 15 goals and 15 assists in 77 games.

The 2003-04 season was a horrible one right from the beginning with the Caps going winless in five of their first six games. This prompted a change and the Caps responded by trading Konowalchuk, the first of a big fire sale that included shipping Peter Bondra. It was the beginning of a rebuild.