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This was the easiest choice of all, as Alex Ovechkin is undoubtedly the most dominant Washington Capital of all time.
As the only Hart Trophy, Art Ross, Rocket Richard and Ted Lindsay winner in team history, Ovechkin is one of the most decorated players ever to lace up a pair of skates, but his impact on the franchise has been just as impressive.
When the Caps took Ovechkin No. 1 overall in 2004, Washington was coming off of one of its worst seasons ever, and the team’s future looked bleak. Just under four years later, Ovechkin had led the Capitals to the first of five division championships in six seasons, and the team has managed to remain a legitimate contender in the East ever since.
A four-time 50-goal scorer and 100-point man, Ovechkin’s also coming off arguably the most impressive campaign of his storied career, as the Russian sniper rebounded from a pair of disappointing seasons to rack up 32 goals and 56 points in just 48 games to capture his third Rocket Richard and Hart Trophy honors.
Has Ovechkin done enough thus far to be considered the greatest player of his generation? No, but players as special as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin don’t grow on trees, so it’s not as if the sublimely talented 28-year-old is short on competition for that distinction. That being said, Ovechkin has more league MVP awards than than the two Penguins combined, and moreover, he’s the only active NHL player to win the Hart on more than one occasion.
Regardless of what he does from here, Ovechkin is without question the most memorable player the Caps have ever enjoyed the luxury of having on their roster, and that’s why he’s a hands-down choice to make this list.
Though he's moved to the right wing during the past year, Ovechkin broke into the league and made a name for himself on the left side, so he's done more than enough to earn the nod at his natural position.