#2 Braden Holtby
Number two on this list and number one in our hearts. Braden Holtby is still missed around here. He played last season with the Vancouver Canucks and signed with the Dallas Stars this offseason.
While Holtby was with the Caps he was stellar. He led the league in wins in back to back years, won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender in 2016 and helped backstop the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup in 2018.
Holtby spent 10 seasons with the Caps playing in 468 games. His record finished out as 282-122-46 with a 2.53 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. Holtby has made incredible highlight reel worthy saves but none were bigger than the one he made in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights.
With Alex Tuch having a wide open shot, he was for sure going to tie it. Holtby said no in the biggest way possible, making the stop right with his stick. It will forever be called The Save.
Holtby began to establish himself as a young buck in 2012 that wasn’t quite a rookie but in the middle of his first full season nonetheless. He helped lead the Caps to a first round upset over the Boston Bruins.