Tune in to NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 6 p.m. to watch the full interview with Alan May and Capitals GM Brian MacLellan on Caps Pregame Live.
When a team has multiple homegrown All-Star talents who have been around for several years, it's natural that a few veterans would start to reach major milestones together.
That's been the case for the Capitals this season. After Alex Ovechkin reached 700 career goals last season, his longtime teammates Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson have reached significant marks of their own in 2021.
Earlier this month, Backstrom became the first Capital in franchise history to record 700 career assists. He is just the third active player to reach the milestone. A few days later, Carlson joined the milestone parade, recording his 500th career point. He is the 71st defenseman in NHL history to reach 500 points.
Seeing homegrown talents reach such impressive numbers in Washington is a source of pride for the front office and Caps GM Brian MacLellan.
"I think it's a big deal," MacLellan told NBC Sports Washington's Alan May in an interview set to air Saturday night on Caps Pregame Live. "I think Nick, since day one, has been one of the players of the franchise, face of the franchise, with [Ovechkin]. John Carlson has continually gotten better every year he's been here. It's nice to have these guys in your organization, it's nice to draft players and it's nice for them to finish their careers within the organization."
For MacLellan, it's not only about what stalwarts like Backstrom and Carlson have been able to accomplish. It's also about what they represent to the next generation of Capitals stars.
"I think it creates a culture that you can build on," MacLellan said. "That when young guys come in and they can see these guys that have done what they've done for the organization that they can try and accomplish the same goals that they have."