March 24 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) reacts back to the crowd after scoring against the Vancouver Canucks early in the first period of the game at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Beyond the ‘C’: The Story of Gabriel Landeskog


April 5 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) shoots on Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason (1) as defenseman Dalton Prout (47) defends during the first period of the game at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

AGE

19

HEIGHT

6’ 1”

WEIGHT

207 lbs.

POSITION

Left Wing

DRAFTED

2nd   Overall in 2011

 

Milan Hejduk was the captain of the Colorado Avalanche as of this summer. He stepped down and Gabriel Landeskog was named the 4th captain in Avalanche history since moving from Quebec. Many have been buzzing about this young man becoming the next captain of the Avalanche. Almost all of the talk is positive, but some are a bit skeptical. I don’t disagree with either side, but my personal opinion is, he can do it. He played with a great squad last season and knows his way around the league. This might be a little premature, but this lockout scare is getting everyone a bit of a fright. This is Beyond the ‘C’: The Story of Gabriel Landeskog.

Gabriel Landeskog was supposed to play for the Plymouth Whalers. On August 4th, 2009, his CHL rights were given to the Kitchner Rangers. In his two seasons as a Ranger, playing with Jeff Skinner (Carolina Hurricanes), he scored 60 goals and 52 assists in a total of 114 games. He was third in NHL scoring in the 2009-10 season. On October 24th, 2010, he was named the captain of the Kitchner Rangers. This made him the first European captain in franchise history.

After drafted, the Avalanche put him on their roster. He was the only player, by the end of the season, to play in all 82 games of the season. No other Av had played the full season. His dedication and healthiness led him to win the Calder memorial trophy, beating Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (First round to the Edmonton Oilers) and Adam Henrique (Drafted 82nd Overall in 2008 to the New Jersey Devils).

Gabriel Landeskog was named team captain on September 4th, 2012. This made him not only the 4th captain in Avalanche history, but the youngest player to be a captain in the NHL. He was 11 days younger than Sidney Crosby, who was the youngest captain in the NHL before this.

Closing Argument:

The Colorado Avalanche have done a smart thing. It’s my personal opinion that making a younger player the captain brings youthfulness into the locker room. The thing the Av’s need is to be a bit younger and fresher on the ice. If they have a youthful leader, they could learn a few things or two. This might be the best thing for the Avalanche in a while. Maybe they could win the Stanley Cup in the next few years. Maybe.

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  • Ryan

    He was third in OHL scoring in the 2009-10 season; not NHL.