Ranking the 5 Best American Players in Washington Capitals History

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Ranking the 5 Best American Players in Washington Capitals History
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Since the day Alex Ovechkin arrived in Washington just prior to the 2005-06 NHL campaign, the Capitals have been a team with a distinct European flavor, as for the most part, the team's most explosive forwards hailed from either Russia or Sweden. 

Even prior to that, Peter Bondra, Sergei Gonchar, Olaf Kolzig and a few others became franchise cornerstones, so the Caps have been relying heavily on European standouts for nearly two decades.

That being said, over the course of the team's 30 years in the league a number of U.S. products have become stars and fan favorites, which is why five of Washington's 14 team captains—including one Hall of Fame inductee—have been Americans.

With the Men's Olympic tournament upon us, let's take a look back at the five greatest American players in history for the Caps.

 

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