Say No. 8 to a Capitals fan and every one of them will know exactly who you are talking about. Some players with their play can essentially claim a number within a franchise. There have been several players who have worn the numbers 5, 8, 12 and 19 for the Caps and yet, there is only one player that comes to mind for the fans for each of those numbers. Other numbers, however, are not as obvious.
With that, let's go through the history of the Capitals and determine which player is the best to ever wear that number for the team.
Today's list will go through the numbers 41 through 60.
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41: Jason Allison
Injuries shortened his career, but, when healthy, Allison was a very good offensive player who was only scratching the surface of his talent when he was playing in Washington before getting traded to the Boston Bruins. In 552 games he recorded 485 points.
42: Joel Ward
An undrafted free agent, Ward still managed to play 726 NHL games including four seasons with the Caps. He scored one of the most iconic goals in franchise history with his Game 7 overtime winner over the Boston Bruins in 2012.
43: Tom Wilson
After being mismanaged in the early part of his career, we are finally starting to see the offensive potential of Wilson who has scored over 20 goals and 40 points in each of the past two seasons. Plus, he is a complete wrecking ball on the ice. A player with that much physicality and that much offensive skill is a unicorn in the current NHL.
44: Brooks Orpik
Here's some trivia for you. Who scored the first game-winning goal in a Stanley Cup Final game in franchise history? Scoring may not be what Orpik is known for, but that was a big goal. Orpik was a great defensive player for a Caps' team that needed an upgrade on the blue line. Though he was clearly on the decline in the last few years he was in Washington, he was still hugely valuable for his leadership, his vision and his experience.
45: Alex Henry
Henry only played 38 games for the Caps and recorded zero points, but wracked up 80 PIMs.
46: Brian Sutherby
A first-round draft pick, Sutherby did not quite live up to that potential, but he was a decent role player for Washington for four seasons. He finished his career with 460 games and 90 points.
47: Bryan Muir
Muir scored 11 goals and 22 assists in 98 games for the Caps. In the 181 games he played for other teams in his career, he only managed five goals and 15 assists.
48: Benoit Gratton
Gratton's career lasted only 58 games over six seasons. He did manage eight points for the Caps in 22 games though which is pretty decent for a player who averaged 13:28 of ice time.
49: Stanislav Galiev
Galiev was a bit of a late-bloomer and I believe he may have had a shot in the NHL if not for the waiver wire. He played only 29 total games between the Caps and Hershey Bears in 2015-16 because Washington felt compelled to hold him on the NHL roster for fear of losing him to waivers despite the fact that he could not crack the lineup. Another full year in Hershey I think would have done wonders. By the time he went back to the AHL the following season, his heart was not in it and yet he still managed 40 points in 56 games. In 26 NHL games, Galiev scored one goal and three assists.
50: Cody Eakin
Eakin has made a career out of being a good depth player and has 586 games already at the age of 28. Unfortunately for him, he is most famous for getting kicked out of Game 7 in a playoff series with the Vegas Golden Knights against the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks would score four times on the resulting major penalty to turn a 3-0 deficit into a 4-3 lead and go on to win the game in overtime.
51: Stephen Peat
There may be no tougher player to ever play for the Caps than Peat. Unfortunately, he has been dealing with mental health issues ever since.
52: Mike Green
Green is the only player to wear No. 52 for Washington, but even if he wasn't he still probably would be the pick here considering what he accomplished during his time with the Caps. In the "Young Guns" era, there was no more dangerous offensive defenseman in the NHL than Green who scored 31 goals and 73 points in the 2008-09 season.
53: Quintin Laing
Laing only played 76 games for the Caps and 79 games in the NHL, but mention his name to any of his teammates or any fan who watched him play and it seems like you are talking about a legend. Laing was absolutely fearless when it came to blocking shots. He even tore his spleen during a game after taking a puck to the abdomen.
54: Jason Doig
Doig did not become a regular NHL defenseman until he came to Washington where he played 120 games. In those 120 games, he scored 19 points...and 213 PIMs.
55: Sergei Gonchar
One of the best defensemen to ever play for Washington, Gonchar began his career with the Caps playing his first 10 seasons with the team. Ovechkin is the only Russian player with more points in franchise history. Gonchar was one of the best puck-moving defensemen in the NHL at a time when that type of player was not valued as highly as they should have been. He scored 144 goals and 416 total points during his time with the Caps before moving on to...other teams.
56: Chris Bourque
Son of the Hall of Famer Ray Bourque, Chris played 13 of his 51 NHL games with Washington. While his NHL career never took off, he has been a dominant AHL player with 746 points in 794 games.
57: Kyle Wilson
Wilson played 39 NHL games, two with the Caps, and scored four goals and nine assists. In those two games, he recorded two assists. He gets the nod here though because his only competition, Dean Melanson, played in nine NHL games with zero points.
58: Connor Carrick
Carrick has carved a role for himself as a depth NHL defenseman. I did not think much of his NHL prospects and yet he has lasted six seasons and 230 games.
59: Julien Brouillette
Brouillette is the only player to wear this number for the Caps and he only did so for 11 total games between 2013 and 2015, scoring two points.
60: Jose Theodore
Theodore manned the crease in Washington for two years and was dominant in the regular season, though that did not translate into the postseason. Still, Theodore put together an impressive career overall. He was so dominant in Montreal that he won both the Vezina and the Hart Trophy in 2001-02.
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