Tom Poti
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 3"
BIRTHDATE: 03/22/1977
DRAFTED: EDM: 1996-59 overall
* Tied for second on the team and second among NHL defensemen at +6
* Tied for 10th among NHL defensemen with seven points (2g-5a)
* Had four points (1g-3a) in Game 6 at NYR, matching his career high for a single game (regular season or playoffs).
Third on the team in average ice time (21:08) in 52 games … Led the team in ice time 11 times … Led the team and ranked fifth in the NHL with 4:22 of shorthanded ice time per game … Finished tied for third among defensemen in scoring despite missing 27 games due to injury … Team was 11-2-0 when he had a point … Caps went 32-13-6 with him in the lineup … All three of his goals came in the first period… Had seven of his 10 assists in the second period … Recorded 10 of his 13 points at Verizon Center (2g-8a) … Scored the GWG on 11/8 vs. NYR … Had two three game point streaks (11/6—11/10, 2g-1a, and 11/26—12/12/08, 3a) … Was +2 in three straight games from 11/6—11/10 … Registered a season-high four shots 11/12 at CAR … Played his 700th NHL game on 2/24 vs. PHI … Had seven blocked shots 3/17 at FLA, the most in a game by a Capital all season … Played in all 14 Stanley Cup playoff games and had seven points (2g-5a) … Finished tied for 16th in playoff points for a defenseman; only three players (Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger and Alexander Edler) played fewer games and had more points … Played more than 20 minutes in 10 playoff games … Enjoyed the best offensive round of his playoff career (2g-4a) and his first series victory in the ECQF against NYR … Had four points (1g-3a) in Game 6 at NYR (4/26), matching his career high for a single
game (regular season or playoffs) … Had one assist and was +6 in seven games against PIT in ECSF … Skated a playoff-high 27:18 in Game 3 at PIT.

An alternate captain … Finished second in points (29) and assists (27) among Capitals defensemen … Sixth on the team in assists … Led the team with 119 blocked shots … Finished second on the team with 23:28 of ice time per game, trailing only Mike Green (23:38) … Led the team in ice time 33 times in 71 games played … Skated 20-plus minutes in 61 of 71 games … Ranked second among Caps defensemen and fifth on the team at +9 … Was +11 on the road, third-best on the team … Played his 600th NHL game 10/18 at NYI … Recorded his 200th NHL assist 11/23 at PHI … Was +16 from 1/16 through the end of the season … Scored his first Caps goal and added an assist 2/5 at CBJ … Was +7 with six assists during his four-game point streak from 2/26-3/8 … Had his most productive month with eight assists in March … Finished the season with five points (1g-4a) and was +6 in the last seven games (3/21 – 4/5) … Played all seven playoff games and ranked third on the team in ice time (24:00) … Had an assist in Game 1 of the ECQF vs. PHI (4/11).

Had the second-best offensive totals of his career in his lone season with NYI … Tallied 44 points (6g-38a) in 78 games … Assist total marked a career high … Ranked second among NYI defensemen in scoring … Netted six goals and 26 assists on the power play … His 32 power-play points ranked 11th among NHL defensemen … Led the Islanders with an average of 25:42 of ice time (11th in the league) … Finished 14th in the NHL with 170 blocked shots … Ranked first on the Islanders in assists, eighth in points, sixth in PPGs and fourth in PIM (74) … Posted 10 multiple-point games in regular season … Logged more than 25 minutes of ice time 41 times throughout the regular season … Registered season-high +3 vs. ATL (12/16) … Recorded season-high three points twice: vs. CAR (10/21, 1g-2a) and vs. TOR (3a, 4/5) … Had two assists, both on the power play, vs. CHI (10/31) … Posted two points (1g-1a) and a season-high six shots 12/15 at PIT … Was +6, without a minus game, in an eight-game stretch from 2/24-3/13 … Had a pair of power-play assists and was +2 at WSH (3/3) … Posted season-best four-game point streak from 3/15-3/22 (4a) … Skated in season-high 33:32 ice time in regular season finale vs. NJ (4/8) … Tallied nine points in final six games of regular season (2g-7a) … Skated at least 26 minutes in all five playoff games … Tallied three assists in five playoff games vs. BUF, including two in Game 2 (4/14).
2005-06: Tallied 23 points (3g-20a) in 73 games with NYR … Ranked third among NYR defensemen in scoring … Topped Rangers with 123 blocked shots … First amongst Rangers defensemen with 122 shots on goal … Tied for second on team with 49 takeaways … Tallied a pair of PPGs and GWGs … Third on blueline in average TOI, 20:46 … Posted four multiple-point games … Recorded season-high three-game point streak from 12/8-12/13 (4a) … Posted 200th NHL career point against PIT (1/26) … Appeared in 500th career NHL game vs. ATL (3/12).
2004-05: Did not play.
2003-04: Ranked second among NYR defensemen with 24 points (10g-14a) … Topped the Rangers and established a career high with five GWGs … Played in 400th NHL career game on 12/7 vs. TB … Scored GWGs in overtime on consecutive nights 12/29-12/30, becoming just the third NHL player to record an overtime goal in consecutive games (Maxim Afinogenov, Greg de Vries) … Established new career highs in assists and points in a single game, registering four assists vs. TB (2/19).  
2002-03: Recorded a career-high 48 points (11g-37a) with NYR … Ranked second among club defensemen with 11 goals … Led all Rangers with 37 assists … Ranked third on the team and tied for seventh among NHL defensemen with 48 points … Posted eight multiple-point games … Posted career-best two goals at DAL (11/29) … Matched his career best with a six-game scoring streak (11/21-12/1, 4g-5a) … Tallied eight points in seven games from 10/15-10/26.  
2001-02: Began season with EDM before being traded to NYR (3/19) … Posted six multiple-point games on season … Notched back-to-back multiple-point games (11/29-12/1, 2a each game) … Recorded 100th NHL point on 12/16 at PHI … Won a silver medal with the U.S. at the Olympics.
2000-01: Appeared in a career-best 81 games … Notched a career-high 12 goals … Finished second among EDM defensemen with 32 points … Ranked third on Oilers in ice time, averaging 22:44.
1999-00: Ranked second among EDM defensemen with 35 points (9g-26a) … Finished third on the team with 26 assists … Second on the team with 119 blocked shots … Skated in 100th NHL game vs. PHX (4/1).
1998-99: Named to the NHL All-Rookie Team … Led EDM with a +10 rating … Ranked fifth among all NHL rookies and second among rookie defensemen with 21 points (5g-16a) … Finished first among NHL rookies with 82 blocked shots … Made NHL debut on 10/10 vs. LA … Scored first NHL goal/point on 11/18 vs. DET … Tallied first NHL assist vs. CHI on 11/29.

International Career
Has represented the United States at three international events, including the 2002 Winter Olympics.
2002: Helped Team USA capture a silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City … Skated in six games, posting one assist.
1997: Played for the U.S. at the World Junior Championship in Boston … Recorded three points in six games to help the U.S. win the silver medal.
1996: Played in six games at the World Junior Championship and had three assists.

College Career
Played two years for Boston University in Hockey East, finishing with 63 points (17g-46a) in 76 games.
1997-98: Selected to the NCAA East First All-American Team and named a Hockey East First-Team All-Star … Named Beanpot Tournament’s most valuable player, becoming the first BU defenseman to win the award since 1980 (Jack O’Callahan) … Won the New England Hockey Writer’s Award given to New England’s Best Defenseman.
1996-97: Helped lead BU to NCAA Championship game, falling to North Dakota in title match … Named to the 1997 NCAA All-Tournament team.

NHL Transactions
Selected by Edmonton in the third round, 59th overall, in the 1996 Entry Draft … Traded to the New York Rangers by Edmonton with Rem Murray in exchange for Mike York and a fourth-round draft choice in the 2002 Entry Draft (Ivan Koltsov), March 19, 2002 … Signed with the New York Islanders as a free agent, July 8, 2006 … Signed with Washington as a free agent, July 1, 2007.

Supports the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Travis Roy Foundation … Enjoys golfing and spending time at the beach … Favorite athlete is Tiger Woods … Lists pancakes as his favorite food … Favorite hockey memory is the 2002 Olympics.