Ranking the 5 Best Scoring Defensemen in Washington Capitals History

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Ranking the 5 Best Scoring Defensemen in Washington Capitals History
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Defensemen have to be involved in their team's offense, otherwise every offensive shift would be a three-on-five. Try scoring consistently with that disadvantage. So, contrary to the so-called hockey "experts," offensive-minded defensemen are a blessing, not a curse. 

The Washington Capitals have had some very good offensive defensemen throughout their history.

But which ones can be considered the best of this group?  

Here now are the five best scoring defensemen in Washington Capitals history. Each player will be ranked solely on the basis of his regular-season goals-per-game average (minimum 50 goals scored), with his postseason goals-per-game average included as a reference.

Also included is the percentage of each player's goals that were scored on the power play, to help illustrate the importance of the man advantage to a scoring defenseman. 

 

Note: All statistics updated through Jan. 26 courtesy of NHL.com unless noted otherwise. 

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