Poll: Who Will Lead the Caps in Plus/Minus?

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Posted August 9, 2011


It’s easy to have a knee-jerk reaction and say that Alex Ovechkin will lead the Capitals in plus/minus in the coming season, but doing so would more likely prove you’re a thoughtless fanboy. Ovechkin led the team twice in his six years, but never alone. He tied with Nicklas Backstrom last season, and he tied with Viktor Kozlov four years ago. While there are many factors that go into why certain players get more pluses (like Jeff Schultz‘s off-the-charts +50 two seasons ago), we’re no Neil Greenberg and instead would prefer to just ask the audience. Here are the Caps’ plus/minus leaders since the lockout, including Ovie’s.

2010-11 Ovechkin/Backstrom +24
2009-10 Jeff Schultz +50 (Ovie +45)
2008-09 Alexander Semin +25 (Ovie +8)
2007-08 Ovechkin/Kozlov +28
2006-07 Boyd Gordon +10 (Ovie -19)
2005-06 Chris Clark +9 (Ovie +2)

Who will be the plus/minus king of the Caps?

  • Nick Backstrom (16%, 14 Votes)
  • Mike Green (11%, 10 Votes)
  • Brooks Laich (10%, 9 Votes)
  • Karl Alzner (9%, 8 Votes)
  • Alex Ovechkin (you're lame if you pick this) (8%, 7 Votes)
  • Alexander Semin (8%, 7 Votes)
  • John Carlson (7%, 6 Votes)
  • Roman Hamrlik (7%, 6 Votes)
  • Jeff Schultz (6%, 5 Votes)
  • Joel Ward (4%, 4 Votes)
  • Dennis Wideman (4%, 4 Votes)
  • Troy Brouwer (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Mike Knuble (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Marcus Johansson (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Jeff Halpern (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Jason Chimera (he was -10 last season) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • John Erskine (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Matt Hendricks (1%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 89

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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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