Giordano had 2 goals and 7 assists in 8 games. He has led the Flames to a good start, but they still aren’t playing as well as they could be. They are going to need a lot of leadership, but in the next 1-2 months, they won’t be receiving it from their captain. Who will the Flames look to for leadership?
Alternate captain Mike Cammalleri has 5 points (3G, 2A) in 4 games, and seems to be on fire. He is a very offensive player and can help guide this team while Giordano is out. Another big influence on the team will come from someone who is exactly in any type of leadership role.
Jiri Hudler has been one of the best Flames players with 5 goals and 8 assists. He leads the team with 13 points and is second in goals behind youngster Sean Monahan. He is a big influence to the team, and can help fill the hole where Giordano stood. There are many options to pick from who can lead the team in the absence of Mark Giordano, but it will be up to each individual player to be their best night in and night out. The Flames need to play their best to help themselves through this tough time.
While Giordano recovers from his broken ankle, the Flames will have a lot of playing to do. Until he is back, the weight of the team is equally distributed on everyone’s shoulders. This means they will have to lead themselves and each other every game, and hopefully they will be a strong team in the coming months. They need to clean up their act, and this will be a good chance to start.