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Hockey fans from the capital of the United States tune in every game to cheer on a Capitals team led by a Russian superstar, an elite Swedish center and a Canadian goalie. Hockey truly is an international game with many players coming from all around the world to don those red sweaters.

We know who some of the best Capitals were, but what if you separated the players by their native countries? Where have the best Capitals players really come from? Let's look at some of the best players in franchise history to determine what the best lineup is (two wings, one center, two defensemen and one goalie).

For the next installment, we are looking at the best Americans to play for Washington.

Forwards

Dave Christian - Bobby Carpenter - T.J. Oshie

Carpenter is a player who never really seems to get his due. Rarely is he thought of as one of the top players to lace 'em up for the franchise and yet he tallied 395 points in his Capitals career which is more than players like Adam Oates, Mike Green, Evgeny Kuzntesov, Brooks Laich and Dmitri Khristich. The Massachusetts native ultimately played in over 1,100 NHL games.

On either side of Carpenter is a pair of Warroad, Minn. boys. Before you call recency bias on Oshie, this is a player who has 567 career NHL points, is a very consistent offensive producer and is the best shootout player in the league. Don't ask me, ask the entire Russian team from the Sochi Olympics.

I'll be honest, there is no way Christian was not making this lineup. Not only was he a dominant offensive player, totaling 417 points in seven seasons with the Caps, but he was also a strong playoff performer. And, of course, let's not forget he was part of the 1980 Olympic U.S. Olympic hockey team. That's a tough resume to beat.

 

Defensemen

Rod Langway - John Carlson

Langway was a given. Not only was he a Hall of Fame defenseman, but just how important he was to the franchise means he has to make this list. That leaves only one spot for Carlson, Kevin Hatcher, Phil Housley and Al Iafrate. I originally picked Housley because, while he did only play two seasons in Washington, the Hall of Fame defenseman played a role in the team's run to the Stanley Cup Final in 1998. Then I realized you can't really cite 1998 as a reason for Housley to make it over Carlson who played a bigger role in the team winning the Cup in 2018.

Not saying Carlson is a Hall of Famer, but I will give him the nod here.

Goalie

Jim Carey

With all due respect to Bob Mason, I only seriously considered Carey and Brent Johnson. Carey may have flamed out very quickly, but boy was he burning bright when he was at the top of his game. Johnson had a very solid career in Washington, but spent the majority of that time as a backup.

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