The Capitals Dream Team

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Posted August 23, 2010

As we continue killing time before the season starts, we came up with the Capitals Dream Team using the best possible lineup of current or former Caps while in their prime with the team (so no Red Wing Sergei Fedorov). There are a few ways of doing this. The first is to pick the best lineup of players, in their natural positions, who would compliment each other. These are not necessarily the top 20 players in Caps’ history, but ones that together would make one heck of a team. First, the forwards (after the jump).

Forwards

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Line 1: Alex Ovechkin Dennis Maruk Mike Gartner
Line 2: Kelly Miller Adam Oates Peter Bondra
Line 3: Gaetan Duchesne Nicklas Backstrom Jaromir Jagr
Line 4: Steve Konowalchuk Dale Hunter Dino Ciccarelli
Scratches: Michal Pivonka, Dmitri Khristich, Bengt Gustafsson
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I already hear the groans. Why did we include Jagr? Sure, he puts up points, but his time with the Caps was a debacle, so now we present:

The Sans-Jagr Forwards

(And while we’re having fun, we’ll also move some players out of position because the lines look better that way.)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Line 1: Alex Ovechkin Adam Oates Dino Ciccarelli
Line 2: Dennis Maruk Nicklas Backstrom Mike Gartner
Line 3: Kelly Miller Bengt Gustafsson Peter Bondra
Line 4: Steve Konowalchuk Dale Hunter Alan May
Scratches: Michal Pivonka, Dmitri Kristich, Dave Christian
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While Maruk nominally plays center, he’s left-handed so we’ll try him on that side, and dropped Duchesne to make room. Ciccarelli would be a great net-crasher on the top line with Oates and Ovie. The fourth line of Kono, Hunter and May is one heck of a grinding line. May is also playing out of position, but he could make it work.

Defense


Line 1: Scott Stevens Larry Murphy
Line 2: Rod Langway Kevin Hatcher
Line 3: Calle Johansson Mike Green
Scratches: Sergei Gonchar, Al Iafrate
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Defensive hockey was traditionally the Caps’ strength and we looked for the meanest, most efficient top two pairs.  Calle Jo wasn’t the meanest, but he may be the most well-rounded of the bunch. Green won’t get much ice time at even strength; he’s on the roster as a power play specialist. We’ll chose Green over Gonchar because he’s slightly less of a defensive liability than Gonchar was, and has a proven rapport with Ovechkin on PP.

Goalies

Starter Backup Call-up
Olaf Kolzig Don Beaupre Jim Carey
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These are the best two goalies in Caps’ history. Jim Carey had an outstanding, Vezina-winning season, and was better than Beaupre in his prime. However, Beaupre in his prime would be a better veteran presence at backup than Carey, particularly in the playoffs, where Carey flopped.

Now we present…

The Skill-Only Team

Forwards

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Line 1: Alex Ovechkin Dennis Maruk Jaromir Jagr
Line 2: Kelly Miller Nicklas Backtrom Mike Gartner
Line 3: Steve Konowalchuk Adam Oates Peter Bondra
Line 4: Gaetan Duchesne Dale Hunter Dino Ciccarelli
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Defense


Line 1: Scott Stevens Larry Murphy
Line 2: Rod Langway Kevin Hatcher
Line 3: Sergei Gonchar Mike Green
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Goalies

Starter Backup
Olaf Kolzig Jim Carey
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Thoughts?

Picks by Abram Fox

Ben Sumner
Ben Sumner is the editor of Capitals Outsider and a contributor for Gunaxin.com. He also works for The Washington Post and contributes there when he gets a scoop.
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