#3 Jim Carey
Nope not the actor. Jim Carey is a goaltender who comes in at number three on our list. He was drafted in the second round by the Caps at 32nd overall in the 1992 NHL Draft. He spent two and a half seasons with the Caps in the beginning of his short NHL career. His first season in 1994-95 saw him go 18-6-3 with a 2.13 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.
The next season Carey went 35-24-9 with a 2.26 goals against average and a .906 save percentage. The next year he went 17-18-3 with a 2.75 goals against average and a .893 save percentage before he was traded to the Boston Bruins in 1997. His stat line with the Caps finished at 70-48-15 in 139 games played with a 2.37 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.
Carey’s family was filled with athletes. His dad was an all American high school football player and his brother was in the Baltimore Orioles system. When Jim was younger he was a forward and not a goaltender.
Carey went undefeated in his first seven games in 1994-95. The next season he played in 71 games and won the Vezina Trophy setting several team records. That next fall he was a backup to Mike Richter on Team USA’s World Cup team.