Top 5 Players The Capitals Should Have Never Let Go (pt 2)

In continuation of the list of Caps that left our great city too soon, I present to you…

–       Tomas Fleischmann

Hockey: First day of Capitals training camp

THE FLASH!  What else needs to be said!

Okay… maybe a little.

Tomas Fleischmann was never the “FLASHIEST” of players, and his numbers were never out of this world, however I think one thing needs to be said about said about his career with the capitals.  In the better part of 5 years that he spent in the Capitals organization (both Hershey and Washington), he was all about the team.  Toping out at 23 goals in the in the 2009-10 season, I think it’s poignant to note that he added five more to that number in assists, with 28.  If it weren’t for Nicklas Backstrom, there’s no doubt in my mind that Tomas would have been the go to play maker on the team over several seasons, up until his trade to Avalanche towards the end of the 2010-11 season.  Since his departure from the Capitals, Tomas has racked up 47 goals in three seasons, one of which he only played 48 games, and another where he only played 22 (traded mid season).  His most productive year to date, a 27 goal, 61 point season with the Florida Panthers, the season AFTER we traded him.  To put those numbers in comparison, in that season, his numbers were higher than those of Nicklas Backstrom, Jason Chimera, Marcus Johansson, Brooks Laich, Dennis Wideman and Alexander Semin; as well as falling only 4 short from the team leading, Alex Ovechkin.

He’s for every one of us.

Stand for everyone of us

He saves with a mighty hand.

Flash… a-ah.

– Mike Cramer


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