He was one of the best puck moving defensemen the Capitals have ever had and it wasn't until Mike Green broke out in 2007-2008 that they were able to fill the void left by him from when he was traded in 2004 to the Bruins. In 363 games during this decade, Gonchar posted 81 goals and 237 points Which is the most of any defense man during this decade. Gonchar finally won a cup last year to go along with what may well be a hall of fame career when he's finished, unfortunately for Cap fans though, Gonchar was essential in helping eliminate them this past spring. Green is a very gifted skater with natural speed, he can make a great first pass out of their zone or skate the puck himself to the opposing teams. He has a great wrist shot that has scored him countless goals on the power play and a very booming slap shot from the point. Along with Ovechkin, Green mans the point on the first power-play unit, which has become one of the most deadly in the NHL since Green has blossomed into a scoring threat. Alexander Semin is the second best Russian player on the Capitals and one of the top six Russian forwards in the entire world right now.
Semin came to the Capitals a year after being drafted in the 2003-2004 season and also opted not to return the first season after the lockout. Which may have been a good thing for the Capitals because if Semin had played that season, they may not have been able to draft Nicklas Backstrom 4th overall that year. Nonetheless, Semin has been instrumental important to the Capitals offense providing another lethal scoring weapon behind Ovechkin. Teams have had problems shutting down Ovechkin since he came into the NHL, but if they do succeed, Semin is right there to pick up the slack. He has shown he is one of the best danglers in the NHL and one of the quickest and most lethal wrist shots as well.
There's only been two causes of concern over Semin and that's taking stupid penalties and his durability. In the beginning of the 2008-2009 season, when Ovechkin was having his worst start of his career, Semin was having his best, which is why the Capitals were still winning. He won player of the month honors in October and was leading the NHL in goals and points before he was sidelined for most of November with a shoulder injury. The most Semin has played in a season has been 77 games in 2006-2007 and has never played more than 65 games in a season any other time But in 282 games, Semin has scored 122 goals and 247 points.