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2016–17 Washington Capitals · NHL
Presidents' Trophy Winners
Metropolitan Division Champions
Division 1st Metropolitan
Conference 1st Eastern
2016–17 record 55–19–8
Home record 32–7–2
Road record 23–12–6
Goals for 263
Goals against 182
General Manager Brian MacLellan
Coach Barry Trotz
Captain Alexander Ovechkin
Alternate captains Nicklas Backstrom
Brooks Orpik
Arena Verizon Center
Team leaders
Goals T. J. Oshie
Alexander Ovechkin (33)
Assists Nicklas Backstrom (63)
Points Nicklas Backstrom (86)
Penalties in minutes Tom Wilson (133)
Wins Braden Holtby (42)
Goals against average Philipp Grubauer (2.04)

The 2016–17 Washington Capitals season was the 43rd season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 11, 1974.[1] They finished the season as President's Trophy winners for the second consecutive year, and third time in team history.

StandingsEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

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Conference standingsEdit

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Schedule and resultsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

2016–17 Schedule
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = OT/SO Loss

PlayoffsEdit

2017 Stanley Cup playoffs

      Win       Loss

Player statisticsEdit

Final Stats

Skaters

Regular season[2]
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Backstrom, NicklasNicklas Backstrom 82 23 63 86 17 38
Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin 82 33 36 69 6 50
Kuznetsov, EvgenyEvgeny Kuznetsov 82 19 40 59 18 46
Johansson, MarcusMarcus Johansson 82 24 34 58 25 10
Oshie, T. J.T. J. Oshie 68 33 23 56 28 36
Williams, JustinJustin Williams 80 24 24 48 14 50
Niskanen, MattMatt Niskanen 78 5 34 39 20 32
Carlson, JohnJohn Carlson 72 9 28 37 7 10
Burakovsky, AndreAndre Burakovsky 64 12 23 35 13 14
Orlov, DmitryDmitry Orlov 82 6 27 33 30 51
Beagle, JayJay Beagle 81 13 17 30 20 22
Winnik, DanielDaniel Winnik 72 12 13 25 15 49
Eller, LarsLars Eller 81 12 13 25 15 36
Connolly, BrettBrett Connolly 66 15 8 23 20 40
Wilson, TomTom Wilson 82 7 12 19 9 133
Schmidt, NateNate Schmidt 60 3 14 17 22 16
Shattenkirk, KevinKevin Shattenkirk

|| 19 || 2 || 12 || 14 || 4 || 10

Orpik, BrooksBrooks Orpik 79 0 14 14 32 48
Alzner, KarlKarl Alzner 82 3 10 13 23 28
Vrana, JakubJakub Vrana 21 3 3 6 2 2
Chorney, TaylorTaylor Chorney 18 1 4 5 8 11
Sanford, ZachZach Sanford

|| 26 || 2 || 1 || 3 || 0 || 6

Stephenson, ChandlerChandler Stephenson 4 0 0 0 0 0
Carey, PaulPaul Carey 6 0 0 0 –2 0
Mitchell, GarrettGarrett Mitchell 1 0 0 0 0 0
O'Brien, LiamLiam O'Brien 1 0 0 0 0 0
Barber, RileyRiley Barber 3 0 0 0 0 0
Ness, AaronAaron Ness 2 0 0 0 –1 0

Playoffs[2]
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Backstrom, NicklasNicklas Backstrom 13 6 7 13 0 2
Oshie, T. J.T. J. Oshie 13 4 8 12 2 4
Kuznetsov, EvgenyEvgeny Kuznetsov 13 5 5 10 –1 8
Williams, JustinJustin Williams 13 3 6 9 0 6
Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin 13 5 3 8 –4 8
Johansson, MarcusMarcus Johansson 13 2 6 8 –1 2
Burakovsky, AndreAndre Burakovsky 13 3 3 6 5 2
Shattenkirk, KevinKevin Shattenkirk 13 1 5 6 –4 6
Eller, LarsLars Eller 13 0 5 5 –2 10
Carlson, JohnJohn Carlson 13 2 2 4 1 4
Schmidt, NateNate Schmidt 11 1 3 4 6 4
Niskanen, MattMatt Niskanen 13 1 3 4 0 19
Wilson, TomTom Wilson 13 3 0 3 –2 34
Orlov, DmitryDmitry Orlov 13 0 3 3 –1 2
Orpik, BrooksBrooks Orpik 13 0 2 2 –7 11
Alzner, KarlKarl Alzner 7 0 0 0 –1 2
Beagle, JayJay Beagle 13 0 0 0 –5 4
Carey, PaulPaul Carey 1 0 0 0 0 0
Winnik, DanielDaniel Winnik 13 0 0 0 –4 0
Connolly, BrettBrett Connolly 7 0 0 0 –2 0

Goaltenders
Regular season[2]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Holtby, BradenBraden Holtby 63 63 3680:10 42 13 6 127 2.07 1690 .925 9 0 0 0
Grubauer, PhilippPhilipp Grubauer 24 19 1264:34 13 6 2 43 2.04 585 .926 3 0 0 0
Playoffs
Player GP GS TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Holtby, BradenBraden Holtby 13 13 803:27 7 6 33 2.46 364 .909 0 0 0 2
Grubauer, PhilippPhilipp Grubauer 1 0 18:34 0 0 2 6.46 9 .778 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Capitals. Stats reflect time with the Capitals only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Capitals only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

RosterEdit

TransactionsEdit

The Capitals have been involved in the following transactions during the 2016–17 season.

TradesEdit

Date
Details
Ref
June 24, 2016 (2016-06-24) To St. Louis Blues
1st-round pick in 2016
To Washington Capitals
1st-round pick in 2016
WSH's 3rd-round pick in 2016
[3]
June 24, 2016 (2016-06-24) To Montreal Canadiens
2nd-round pick in 2017
2nd-round pick in 2018
To Washington Capitals
Lars Eller
[4]
February 15, 2017 (2017-02-15) To Los Angeles Kings
Future considerations
To Washington Capitals
Tom Gilbert
[5]
February 27, 2017 (2017-02-27) To St. Louis Blues
Zach Sanford
Brad Malone
1st-round pick in 2017
conditional 2nd-round pick in 2019
To Washington Capitals
Kevin Shattenkirk
Pheonix Copley
[6]
Notes

Free agents acquired Edit

Date Player Former team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01) Joe Cannata Utica Comets 1 year, $575,000 [7]
July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01) Darren Dietz Montreal Canadiens 1 year, $575,000 [7]
July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01) Christian Thomas Springfield Falcons 1 year, $575,000 [7]
July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01) Brett Connolly Boston Bruins 1 year, $850,000 [8]
July 2, 2016 (2016-07-02) Brad Malone Carolina Hurricanes 1 year, $575,000 [9]
March 2, 2017 (2017-03-02) Mason Mitchell University of Alaska-Anchorage 2 years, entry-level contract [10]
March 7, 2017 (2017-03-07) Kris Bindulis Lake Superior State University 3 years, entry-level contract [11]
March 7, 2017 (2017-03-07) Hampus Gustafsson Merrimack College 2 years, entry-level contract [11]

Free agents lost Edit

Date Player New team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01) Michael Latta Los Angeles Kings 1 year, $600,000 [12]
July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01) Jason Chimera New York Islanders 2 years, $4.5 million [13]
July 21, 2016 (2016-07-21) Erik Burgdoerfer Buffalo Sabres 1 year, two-way contract [14]

Claimed via waivers Edit

Player Previous team Date Ref

Lost via waivers Edit

Player New team Date Ref

Lost via retirement Edit

Date Player Ref

Player signingsEdit

Date Player Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
June 24, 2016 (2016-06-24) Paul Carey 1-year, $575,000 [15]
June 24, 2016 (2016-06-24) Aaron Ness 2-years, $1.225 million [15]
June 30, 2016 (2016-06-30) Zach Sill 2-years, $1.225 million [16]
June 30, 2016 (2016-06-30) Tom Wilson 2-years, $4 million [17]
July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01) Connor Hobbs 3-years, entry-level contract [18]
July 11, 2016 (2016-07-11) Zach Sanford 3-years, entry-level contract [19]
July 20, 2016 (2016-07-20) Marcus Johansson 3-years, $13.75 million [20]
September 21, 2016 (2016-09-21) Dmitry Orlov 1-year, $2.57 million [21]
March 2, 2017 (2017-03-02) Lucas Johansen 3-years, entry-level contract [22]
March 2, 2017 (2017-03-02) Colby Williams 2-years, entry-level contract [22]
March 30, 2017 (2017-03-30) Garrett Pilon 3-years, entry-level contract [23]
April 10, 2017 (2017-04-10) Beck Malenstyn 3-years, entry-level contract [24]
April 10, 2017 (2017-04-10) Nathan Walker 2-years, $1.3 million contract extension [24]

Draft picksEdit

See also: List of Washington Capitals draft picks

Below are the Washington Capitals' selections at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, held June 24–25, 2016 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 28[a] Lucas Johansen D Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
3 87[b] Garrett Pilon C Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
4 117 Damien Riat LW Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Geneve-Servette HC (NLA)
5 145[c] Beck Malenstyn LW Flag of Canada.svg Canada Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
5 147 Axel Jonsson-Fjallby LW Flag of Sweden Sweden Djurgarden-jr. (Swe-Jr)
6 177 Chase Priskie D Flag of the United States United States Quinnipiac Bobcats NCAA
7 207 Dmitriy Zaitsev D Flag of Russia Russia Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (NAHL)
Draft notes[25]
  • The Washington Capitals' first-round pick went to the St. Louis Blues as the result of a trade on June 24, 2016 that sent a first-round pick and Washington's third-round pick both in 2016 (28th and 87th overall) to Washington in exchange for this pick.[26]
  • [a]
The St. Louis Blues' first-round pick went to the Washington Capitals as the result of a trade on June 24, 2016 that sent a first-round pick in 2016 (26th overall) to St. Louis in exchange for Washington's third-round pick in 2016 (87th overall) and this pick.[26]
The Washington Capitals' third-round pick was re-acquired as the result of a trade on June 24, 2016 that sent a first-round pick in 2016 (26th overall) to St. Louis in exchange for a first-round pick in 2016 (28th overall) and this pick.[26]
St. Louis previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on July 2, 2015 that sent T. J. Oshie to Washington in exchange for Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley and this pick.[28]
The Anaheim Ducks' fifth-round pick went to the Washington Capitals as the result of a trade on February 28, 2016 that sent Brooks Laich, Connor Carrick and a second-round pick in 2016 to Toronto in exchange for Daniel Winnik and this pick.[27] 
Toronto previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on March 2, 2015 that sent Korbinian Holzer to Anaheim in exchange for Eric Brewer and this pick.[29]

ReferencesEdit

  1. National Hockey League (2012). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2013. Triumph Books, 127. ISBN 978-1-60078-785-0. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2016-2017 Regular Season Stats - Points - Washington Capitals - Statistics. Washington Capitals. Retrieved on March 27, 2019.
  3. Capitals Select Lucas Johansen in the First Round of the 2016 NHL Draft. Washington Capitals (June 24, 2016).
  4. Capitals Acquire Eller from Montreal. Washington Capitals (June 24, 2016).
  5. Capitals Acquire Tom Gilbert from Los Angeles. Washington Capitals (February 15, 2017).
  6. Caps Land Shattenkirk. Washington Capitals (February 27, 2017).
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Capitals Sign Cannata, Dietz and Thomas. NHL.com (July 1, 2016). Retrieved on July 6, 2016.
  8. Capitals Sign Brett Connolly. NHL.com (July 1, 2016). Retrieved on July 6, 2016.
  9. Capitals Sign Brad Malone. NHL.com (July 2, 2016). Retrieved on July 6, 2016.
  10. Capitals Sign Mason Mitchell. NHL.com (March 2, 2017). Retrieved on March 3, 2017.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Capitals Sign Kris Bindulis and Hampus Gustafsson. NHL.com (March 7, 2017). Retrieved on March 8, 2017.
  12. Michael Latta Heading to LA. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 5, 2016.
  13. Chimera Agrees to Two-Year Deal. NHL.com (July 1, 2016). Retrieved on July 6, 2016.
  14. SABRES SIGN BURGDOERFER. Rochester Americans (21 July 2016). Retrieved on 21 July 2016.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Capitals Re-sign Paul Carey and Aaron Ness. capitals.nhl.com. Retrieved on June 30, 2016.
  16. Capitals Re-sign Zach Sill. capitals.nhl.com. Retrieved on July 6, 2016.
  17. Capitals Re-sign Tom Wilson. capitals.nhl.com. Retrieved on July 6, 2016.
  18. Capitals Sign Connor Hobbs. capitals.nhl.com. Retrieved on July 6, 2016.
  19. Caps Sign Sanford. capitals.nhl.com. Retrieved on July 18, 2016.
  20. Capitals Re-sign Marcus Johansson. capitals.nhl.com. Retrieved on July 20, 2016.
  21. Capitals Re-Sign Dmitry Orlov. capitals.nhl.com. Retrieved on September 22, 2016.
  22. 22.0 22.1 Capitals Sign Lucas Johansen and Colby Williams. capitals.nhl.com. Retrieved on March 3, 2017.
  23. Capitals Sign Garrett Pilon. capitalstoday.monumentalsportsnetwork.com. Retrieved on May 29, 2017.
  24. 24.0 24.1 Capitals Sign Beck Malenstyn. capitalstoday.monumentalsportsnetwork.com. Retrieved on May 29, 2017.
  25. 2016 NHL Entry Draft Pending Transactions. Pro Sports Transactions. Retrieved on June 30, 2016.
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Blues Take NCAA Player In First Round (June 24, 2016). Retrieved on June 24, 2016.
  27. 27.0 27.1 Leafs deal Winnik, pick to Caps for Laich, Carrick, pick (February 28, 2016). Retrieved on February 28, 2016.
  28. T.J. Oshie traded to Capitals; Blues get Brouwer (July 2, 2015). Retrieved on July 2, 2015.
  29. Maple Leafs trade defenceman Holzer to Ducks (March 2, 2015). Retrieved on March 2, 2015.
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