Toronto Maple Leafs: Re-Evaluating the NHL’s Choice of Captains

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 26: Auston Matthews #34 and John Tavares #91 of the Toronto Maple Leafs pose prior to the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game at SAP Center on January 26, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 26: Auston Matthews #34 and John Tavares #91 of the Toronto Maple Leafs pose prior to the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game at SAP Center on January 26, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 15: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 15: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Chicago Blackhawks:

Actual Captain: Jonathan Toews

Right Captain: Jonathan Toews

There’s arguably no better leader than Toews for the last 10 years. I mean, even Entrepreneur.com wrote an article about him titled “7 Leadership Qualities of a True Champion.”

Colorado Avalanche – Gabriel Landeskog

Actual Captain: Gabriel Landeskog

Right Captain: Nathan MacKinnon

For someone who is so close with Sidney Crosby and has continued to learn from him every off-season, MacKinnon is the becoming the leader of the Colorado Avalanche and the captaincy should be his for the taking.

Dallas Stars

Actual Captain: Jamie Benn

Right Captain: Jamie Benn

It’s really only between Benn and Tyler Seguin as the two offensive leaders in Dallas and unfortunately Seguin’s maturity issues haven’t made him an eligible captain, so Benn’s the easy choice here.

Minnesota Wild

Actual Captain: Mikko Koivu

Right Captain: Eric Staal

With leadership skills intact as the former captain of the Carolina Hurricanes, Staal has rejuvenated his career in Minnesota and deserves to wear the “C” again.

Nashville Predators

Actual Captain: Roman Josi

Right Captain: Roman Josi

After so many years of Shea Weber it was tough to find another defenseman like Weber’s presence, but Josi has been and is the perfect replacement.

St. Louis Blues

Actual Captain: Alex Pietrangelo

Right Captain: Ryan O’Reilly

Pietrangelo will be on the Toronto Maple Leafs next year anyways (haha), so why not speed up the process and name O’Reilly as his replacement? O’Reilly has been the captain or alternate captain everywhere he’s played, so it’s finally his time to become a captain in the NHL.

Winnipeg Jets

Actual Captain: Blake Wheeler

Right Captain: Blake Wheeler

One of the most underrated players and leaders in the NHL. On a team filled with young stars like Kyle Connor, Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers, Wheeler is a perfect veteran captain in the Jets’ dressing room.