#4 Don Beaupre
Don Beaupre was drafted by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1980 NHL Draft and would later become The Godfather of Washington Capitals goalies. He was selected in the second round at 37th overall and traded to the Caps early in the 1988-89 season. He comes out as number four on our list.
Beaupre played a handful of games with the Caps before being sent down to the AHL. He came back stronger in the 1989-90 season winning 23 games in 48 appearances and helping the Capitals to their first semifinals appearance in franchise history.
Beaupre’s outstanding play as well as the Capitals strong defense helped him lead the NHL with five shutouts in the 1990-91 season while winning a career high 29 games the next season. He spent two more seasons with the Caps. In 1992-93 he went 27-23-5 while going 24-16-8 his final season in D.C. with a 2.84 goals against average and an .880 save percentage.
The Caps turned to Olaf Kolzig in the mid 1990’s and as a result shopped Beaupre to the Ottawa Senators where he suited up in 71 games over two seasons. In six seasons with the Capitals, Beaupre played in 269 games and posted a 128-96-27 reared with a 3.05 goals against average and an .886 save percentage.