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How do you pick a captain?

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