From James Mirtle:
Here’s the question of the day: How do you pick a captain?
Do you go with age and experience? Youth? A forward or a defenceman? A North American or a European? Grit or finesse?
If we assume Joe Sakic’s coming back in Colorado and Mats Sundin’s headed for parts unknown, there are eight NHL clubs searching for a captain in training camp this year: Atlanta, Florida, Los Angeles, the Rangers, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Toronto and Vancouver.
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Mirtle poses an interesting question and really the answer is quite subjective.
For the 8 teams that Mirtle lists, here is who my choices would be for captains:
Atlanta: Ilya Kovalchuk
Florida: Cory Stillman
Los Angeles: Derek Armstrong
New York Rangers: Chris Drury
Philadelphia: Mike Richards
Tampa Bay: Vinny Lecavalier
Toronto: Jamal Mayers
Vancouver: Willie Mitchell