Countdown to Capitals Rookie Camp: 50-59

Now standing 6 days from Washington Capitals’ rookie camp commencement, hockey is so close we can see it from our house. Continuing with our countdown our choices for the most prolific sweater number by the tens, today we examine 50-59 and proclaim the most prolific of the lot. Digit selection will be based upon a plethora of qualities including skill, significance to the club, bumper-car driving skills, ability to make pancakes, and any other traits we deem fit.

Yakkity yak, don’t talk back – and make the jump.

Contrary to some of the higher numbers, the Capitals’ number history from 50-59 provides more to chose from. Unfortunately, with people who went MIA post-2003 (Jason DoigJean-Francois Fortin), players that suited up for a combined 7 games for the Caps (Garret StrosheinDean Melanson), or are a health insurance providers’ nightmare (Quintin Laing). And while Mike Green has put up some pretty impressive play in the 52, his path was paved by a previous offensive defenseman in 55 – Sergei Gonchar.

After nearly 10 full seasons in DC, Gonch was traded to Boston for blueliner Shaone Morrisonn and a pair of draft picks, at which point the 55 lay dormant until 2005 when another southpaw defenseman in Jeff Schultz donned the double-nickel. Together, Schultz and Gonchar have suited up in the 55 for 901 games, 153 goals 319 assists and a career +137 +/- rating for Washington.

Other 50’s:

50: Eric Fehr (2005-06)
51: Stephen Peat (2001-04), Doug Doull (2005-06), Timo Helbling (2006-07)
52: Mike Green (2005-08)
53: Quintin Laing (2007-08)
54: Jason Doig (2002-03)
56: Garret Stroshein (2004) 
57: Dean Melanson (2001)
58: Jean-Francois Fortin (2002-03)