#2 Peter Bondra
Peter Bondra was the leading scorer in Washington Capitals history, that is, until Alex Ovechkin came along. Bondra scored the first 472 of his 503 NHL goals with the Capitals including two 52 goal seasons. That is a lot of goals for someone that wasn’t drafted until the eighth round at 156th overall in the 1990 NHL Draft.
Bondra was born in Lutsk, Ukraine which was a part of the Soviet Union at the time. When he turned three, Bondra and his family moved to Czechoslovakia. By the time he turned 18, Bondra played in that country’s top league and was one of the top scorers when the Caps drafted him four years later.
Bondra scored 12 goals in 54 games as a rookie in the 1990-91 season. He broke out the next two seasons scoring 28 and 37 goals, respectively. In the lockout shortened season in 1994-95, Bondra led the NHL with 34 goals in 47 games and then scored 52 in 1995-96.
Bondra would later score 52 goals again in 1997-98 which tied Teemu Selanne of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for the NHL lead before adding seven goals in 17 games during the Stanley Cup playoffs, helping the Caps to their first ever finals appearance.
In 14 years with the Caps, Bondra scored 472 goals and 353 assists for 825 points in 961 games. Can you guess who number one is?