Washington Capitals: Top 5 greatest left wingers of all-time

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (Photo by Alex Brandon-Pool/Getty Images)
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Kelly Miller, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport
Kelly Miller, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport /

#2 Kelly Miller

Kelly Miller was acquired from the New York Rangers in 1987 and spent 13 seasons with the Washington Capitals. It was a trade that paid dividends. Miller scored 10 goals and added 12 assists for 22 points in his remaining first season in D.C. In 1987-88, Miller scored nine goals and added 23 assists for 32 points. The next year, Miller scored 19 goals and added 21 assists for 40 points.

Miller’s third season in 1989-90 saw him score 18 goals and add 22 assists for 40 points. In 1990-91, Miller posted a career high 24 goals and added 26 assists for 50 points. Miller would add 14 goals and 38 assists for 52 points in 1991-92, 18 goals and 27 assists for 45 points in 1992-93, 14 goals and 25 assists for 39 points in 1993-94, 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points in 1994-95, seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points in 1995-96, 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points in 1996-97, seven goals and seven assists for 14 points in 1997-98, and two goals and five assists for seven points in 1998-99.

Miller was traded with Mike Ridley and Bob Crawford in exchange for Bobby Carpenter and the trade wound up being one of the best in Capitals history. Miller doesn’t have the offensive touch like an Ovechkin but was still a fan favorite nonetheless. Only one was Miller able to surpass 20 goals as he was more of a defensive specialist.