When the Washington Capitals drafted Alex Ovechkin first overall in the 2004 draft, they were expecting the young, Russian superstar to deliver multiple Stanley Cup championships to D.C.
Although Ovechkin and his Caps have fallen short of that goal in each of his seven seasons with the club, Ovechkin’s tenure in Washington has been far from a failure.
Since Ovechkin’s rookie season (2005-06), the Capitals have enjoyed much regular season prosperity without carving their names on the Stanley Cup. The Capitals have qualified for the playoffs in each of the past five seasons and have averaged over 94 points per season since the “Great Eight” made his debut in Washington.
Despite being cursed by postseason shortcomings, it’s impossible to ignore the success the Capitals have had in recent years. In this article, we will rank and highlight the Washington Capitals’ top three seasons during the Alexander Ovechkin era.