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.
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Traditionally most players kept low numbers in the earlier days of the NHL so the higher you get, the fewer choices you have. In fact, no player has worn the Nos. 86, 93, 95, 97, 98 and, of course, 99 for the Caps. Here are the top players for the remaining numbers from 81 to 96.
81: Dmitry Orlov
Before he was No. 9, Orlov was the only player in franchise history to wear No. 81. Though he can be criticized for turnovers, he has established himself as a very good top-four defenseman over his eight NHL seasons.
82: Zach Sanford
Sanford began his NHL career with 26 games for Washington before he was traded to the St. Louis Blues. He won a Stanley Cup there in 2019.
83: Jay Beagle
A fan favorite, Beagle climbed all the way from the ECHL to the AHL to the NHL where he spent 10 seasons with Washington, helping the team win the Stanley Cup in 2018.
84: Mikhail Grabovski
Grabovski spent one season with Washington and scored a hat trick in his Capitals debut. Unfortunately, that first game was pretty much the highlight of his time with the Caps. He was a good player overall, though, with 534 NHL games and 296 points.
85: Mathieu Perreault
Role players can be hard to find and Perrault has made a career out of being a strong role player primarily with the Winnipeg Jets. He spent the first four seasons of his NHL career with the Caps who drafted him in the sixth round in the 2006 draft.
87: Donald Brashear
Everyone knows Brashear for his fists, but he was a much better player than most give him credit for. He played in over 1,000 NHL games and recorded 205 total points. He was more than just a goon even if that was his primary responsibility.
88: Nate Schmidt
Schmidt was a player who looked like he had a long and bright future in Washington. Just when he was poised to crack the team's top-four on the blue line, he was whisked away by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft. It seems to have worked out for both the player and the team though as Schmidt has a significant role with Vegas' defense and the Caps immediately won a Cup in 2018.
89: Tyler Sloan
Sloan's NHL career lasted 99 games and he played every one of them with Washington.From the blue line, he scored four goals and 13 assists.
90: Joe Juneau
Juneau scored one of the biggest goals in franchise history, the 1998 overtime goal that advanced the Caps to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history. Even with the huge goal, he was more of a set-up man than a goal-scorer and recorded over 400 assists in his career.
91: Sergei Fedorov
Fedorov was an absolute elite superstar when he was in his prime with the Detroit Red Wings. He won the Hart Trophy in 1994, two Selke Trophies, three Stanley Cups and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. While he was past his prime when he came to Washington, he still played a significant role with the team and scored the Game 7 overtime winner over the New York Rangers in 2009.
92: Evgeny Kuznetsov
Rick Tocchet is the better player overall with over 1,100 games and 952 total points in his career. Only 13 of those games, however, were with Washington. Considering the impact Kuznetsov has had on the franchise -- leading the team in points in the 2018 postseason run, scoring the Game 6 overtime goal to finally defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins -- I had to go with Kuznetsov just barely over Tocchet.
94: Sergei Berezin
Berezin played only nine games with Washington, but he scored five goals and four assists in those nine games. That's also more games than Nicolas Deschamps (3) who is the only other player to wear Nol. 94 for the Caps.
96: Phil Housley
Housley spent two seasons of his Hall of Fame career with Washington, helping the team advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.
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The best Capitals player to wear each jersey number: 81-99 originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington