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Washington Capitals - Completed DynastyPosted on May 7, 2012 at 02:49 PM.
Will do some bio's on the players who weren't retired at the end of the 25 year cycle, for others, I created a stats page showing the "top" players career statistics.
Note: Bottom 3 players are defencemen, which is why they aren't in order with the forwards.
|Washington Capitals Stats - 2012-36|
Defence: My Washington Team was built off of defence, with my 3 d-pairings being so deep, that I averaged less than 2 goals against per game each season for the last 17 years of the Dynasty.
D - Teemu Laatikainen
Finnish. Drafted in 2013 by myself 3rd overall, continued to play until the game ended in 2036, at age 41 (Lidstrom style). 6'1", 197 lbs. Never a physically imposing defenceman, his positioning was never matched and he finished probably +2000 in his career, with numerous seasons of +120 hockey (I played a lot of games, which helped). He became the captain in 2017, and never gave it up for the rest of the GM Mode. Best Defenceman I've ever drafted. Was a 99 overall for 10 seasons of his career. 12 time Norris winner.
D - Jason Quirk
Canadian. Selected 1st overall in 2024, as the teams only franchise player (got one in 2035, but he only played 1 season), quickly became Laatikainens Defence Partner. Standing at 6'2", 198 lbs, he was much faster than Teemu, he did most of the puck carrying, and his bomb from the point made him and Laatikainen the most dangerous threat on a very dangerous team. was a 99 overall for 5 years
D - Hannu Viitanen
Finnish. Selected 2nd overall in 2021 by the Capitals. Playing on the 2nd line his entire career, with country-man and team veteran, Kai Kurvinen, he became a dominant force. At 6'4", 214 lbs, he was always one of the biggest defencemen on the team, and his offensive stats were high 90's quickly in his career. Could have been one of the best ever, if not for Quirk and Laatikainen.
D - Kai Kurvinen
Finnish. The last of my teams legendary defencemen, was the 14th overall pick in 2012. at 6'7", 210 lbs, he was very fast for a man of his size, and his slap shot was usually the best on the team (Viitanen and Quirk eventually overtook him in this regard) I didn't get to save his stats, but he had over 800 points in a 18 year NHL career.
Honourable defence mentions: Bobby Aduono (26), Brian Craig (21), Lawrence Staal (22), Eddie Gelech (23). These players couldn't finish their careers, as they were drafted too late, but all would have been eventually "retired" as well.
Forwards: Early on, I built my team with Alex Ovechkin (never saved stats, 800+ goals though), Ryan Kesler, and
Claude Giroux, followed by 3 lines of prospects. Eventually after a disapointing season, I completely blew up the forward core for a 2nd time, and wound up with the following players:
C - Nike Louhivaara
Finnish. Drafted 6th overall in 2015, Niko, as he was known, was immediately billed as the next great forward in the NHL. Forced into the NHL at a young 18 years old, I probably didn't develop him as well early on as I'd hoped. for his first 7 NHL seasons, he never had over 64 points. But at the age of 26, he exploded onto the scene with 112 points. At one point, in his early 30's, after Ovechkin retired, he carried the team offensively, with 4 straight years of 60 goals, followed by one with 48 before 2 more with 60. Was expected to be the 3rd Captain in Franchise history under my GM-ship, but Laatikainen never retired, and in 2035, Niko did.
RW - Taylor Burke
Canadian. Was taken 1st overall in 2014 by the Bruins, but at the age of 23, was playing in the AHL still, with less than 25 games in the NHL. I traded for him, as he fit the mold of players I was looking for when i blew the line-up apart the 2nd time. For 7 seasons, he was the main offensive force of the 2nd line, producing over a point per game in 5 of the 7 seasons. After Ovechkins retirement, he moved to the top line, continuing to produce 100-115 points per season. In 2034, he had 156 points, by far a career high. He retired after the 2035 season with Niko and Tangradi, "The Line" was the dominantoffensive force behind the teams 20 stanley cups, so when they all retired within 2 seasons, it left the team with huge gaps to fill.
LW - Leonard Tangradi
Canadian. Brought in as a UFA, he quickly became Alex Ovechkin's set-up man, winning numerous Art Ross's, when Burke wasn't winning them. Left the team for 3 seasons at age 34-36 because he wanted too much money, but returned at age 37 to play with Niko and Burke once again. That was his last season in a relatively short career, but one that was extremely productive.
LW - Daniel Laperriere
Canadian. At 6'3" 209 lbs, he was the biggest top 6 forward I ever drafted, and played as though he was 6'5". He only played top line for the 3 seasons Tangradi was gone, as well as the final season, when the team's veterans had to replace all the retired stars. A pure goal scorer, he used great speed as his biggest weapon, and was probably the fastest player on a very fast team.
C - Zach Elliott
American. 6'3, 212 lbs. another very fast player who had the best slap shot of any of my forwards, he struggled as a center and spent many seasons on the wing. Played a few years as a 3rd line player as well, yet still put up 30 goals per season. Was unfortunate that he joined the team when the forward position was it's strongest, but still found a way to produce.
RW - Emmanuel Papineau
Canadian. 6'2, 208 lbs. The most creative player I've had in NHL 12. Perhaps the best passer in the history of the NHL (not the most assists, but a terrific passer), he used his abilities to deke defenders and shoot the puck, combined with his passing, to win 3 Art Ross trophies. First player I patiently developed, made his NHL debut at 21, but didn't play a full season until he was 22. Having to stop using him with about 12 years left in his career is probably my most upsetting NHL 12 experience.
Honourable Mentions for forwards: Marko Louhi (31), Brock Rycroft (34), Eric Doig (33), Vince Urquhart (35), Bryce Neil (28), Nelson Weal (37) and Cole Peluso (retired). These players were the role players who brought me the cups. Every good team has good depth, and this is where mine came from (year are the guys who played numerous seasons with me)
Every champion team, has a champion Goalie.
G - Joseph Reese
Signed as a 22 year old UFA, he won the Conn Smythe trophy the season before he won the Calder. Replaced Steve Mason as a goaltender, eventually won over 600 games and had over 100 shutouts. But in the playoffs is where he did his best work. 257 career playoff wins, Probably a .940% career save percentage in the playoffs, he rarely let in over 1 goal in the post season. Allowed a strong team to win numerous Cups. Was instrumental in the teams best ever season. Won 6 Vezina Trophies.
Honourable Mention: Scott Langkow (30). Brought in to be a back-up to Reese, signed an 8 year deal at 21 years old for $1.250 million, and was an affordable back-up until Reese retired after the 2034. 211 Career wins in 317 career games.
While my team won numerous individual and team trophies, the greatest achievement ever came in the 2031-32 season.
This season, we went 82-0-0 in the Regular Season with Reese playing in 52 games, while Langkow played 30. I played about 50 games of this season, and there were some OT scares, but managed to pull through each time.
We scored 411 goals that year, while only allowing 147 against. This led to Tangradi's high contract demands, and having to trade a bunch of long time players, but it was well worth it, as in the playoffs, we also went 16-0. Total season: 98-0-0.
The next season, we came back to earth, going 46-30-6 with all the moves I had to make to make the cap.
Anyways, hope you enjoyed my team.
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