With Mark Streit being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in the off-season the New York Islanders captaincy is left open for a new player to take the reigns. Most believe the role will now be given to John Tavares. Tavares led the team in points last season and was a finalist for the Hart Trophy so he would seem to be the natural choice. Tavares had this to say to NHL.com about the role of captain:
“It’s pretty special, pretty unique to be a captain in the National Hockey League, especially for a franchise like the Islanders.So much history and a lot of great captains, a lot of great players. To be recognized by teammates, coaches, fans as a leader and as the captain is something that is pretty special and you don’t take it for lightly, you don’t take it for granted.”
The only issue some might have with him being captain is his age. Tavares turns 23 this month which is still young and the maturity might not be there.
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