Ranking the 5 Greatest Rookie Seasons in Washington Capitals History

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Ranking the 5 Greatest Rookie Seasons in Washington Capitals History
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On Friday, the Washington Capitals informed Tom Wilson that the 19-year-old rookie forward would be staying with the Caps all season long, as opposed to being sent back to the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL.

For Wilson, who actually made his debut in the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the New York Rangers, it was a huge moment and a sign of just how much confidence the organization has in him.

So far, Wilson has not been rewriting the Caps' rookie record books. He has no points through the first eight games, a minus-two rating and 14 penalty minutes.

Then again, he has been on the fourth line the whole time and is only averaging just seven minutes per game. It is hard to set records like that.

Nonetheless, Wilson has shown what an imposing physical presence he can be, and he has already gotten in a couple of fights that served notice to anyone in the NHL that if you drop the gloves with Wilson, you better bring it.

This development with Wilson is a unique situation for a Caps rookie, a vote of confidence to a player who is not putting up dazzling numbers but has all those intangibles teams look for.

But, what about other rookies from the Washington Capitals' past? There have been some great ones, to be sure, and there have been some truly impressive rookie performances turned in by Caps players over the years.

Which such performances were the best of the best?

Here is a ranking of the five greatest rookie seasons in Washington Capitals history.

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