Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Washington Capitals

Caps Draft History: 1992 Entry Draft

Washington made a sound selection with its first pick taking defenseman Sergei Gonchar.

by Washington Capitals @Capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

Washington made a sound selection with its first pick (the second of the five first-rounders obtained from St. Louis for Scott Stevens), taking defenseman Sergei Gonchar. With its second-round pick, Washington took the first goaltender of the day, Jim Carey. Washington's two third-rounders -- Stefan Ustorf and Martin Gendron -- played briefly in the NHL and later played in Europe.

After drafting Gendron with the 71st overall pick the late Jack Button -- Washington's director of player personnel -- exuded, "No question, he's going to be a great hockey player."

Button was right, Gendron was a great hockey player. Unfortunately for the Caps, he was a great minor league hockey player. Gendron scored 217 goals in just 421 games at the AHL and IHL levels but managed only four tallies in 30 NHL contests.

Expansion clubs Tampa Bay and Ottawa had the top two picks and took defenseman Roman Hamrlik and center Alexei Yashin, respectively. The most noteworthy players from the rest of round one are probably Gonchar and Martin Straka (19th).

Round two produced Valeri Bure (33rd), Michael Peca (40th), Darren McCarty (46th), Andrei Nikolishin (47th) and Mattias Norstrom (48th). Noteworthy players from later rounds include Brent Gretzky (49th), Robert Svehla (78th), Jere Lehtinen (88th), Nikolai Khabibulin (204th), Anson Carter (220th) and Dan McGillis (238th).

Hindsight is 20/20: You can't argue with either of the Caps top two picks. Kirk Maltby (65th) was chosen between Ustorf and Gendron. Maltby has established himself as a solid NHL role player. He has played in more than 900 games and has played on four Cup-winning teams. Lehtinen is a three-time Selke Trophy winner and would have been a tremendous pick instead of Gendron.

NO. PLAYER POS. COMMENT

14

Sergei Gonchar
D
Is one of the game's top offensive defenseman with 184 goals in 13 seasons.

32

Jim Carey
G
Won Vezina in 1995-96 but fizzled quickly and is now retired.

53

Stefan Ustorf
C
Played 54 NHL games with Capitals and is now playing in native Germany.

71

Martin Gendron
RW
Big scorer in AHL but only four goals in 30 NHL games. Played in Europe as late as 2005-06.

119

John Varga
LW
Played seven pro seasons in four different leagues.

167

Mark Matier
D
Played four seasons as a pro in North America and also played a few years in Britain.

191

Mike Mathers
LW
Played eight seasons as a pro in WCHL and ECHL. Passed away in 2008.
215
Brian Stagg
RW
Never turned pro.
239
Gregory Callahan
D
Boston College product played five pro seasons in AHL and ECHL.
263
Billy Jo MacPherson
LW
Played seven seasons in four pro leagues. Played with San Diego of WCHL as recently as '00-01.

Full Draft Results Here

View More