The Colorado Avalanche announced yesterday that Gabriel Landeskog would be the team’s new captain. He is the team’s 4th captain following Joe Sakic, Adam Foote, and Milan Hejduk. At only 19 years, 286 days old, Landeskog is the youngest captain in NHL history, beating Crosby’s record by 11 days.
Landeskog was drafted by the Avalanche 2nd overall in the 2011 NHL entry draft and has only impressed since then. He scored 22 goals and assisted on 30 other goals to record a total of 52 points in his rookie season. He tied for the rookie lead in points with the Oiler’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins but was victorious in winning the Calder Trophy as the league’s best rookie.
Though Landeskog is only 19 years old, he was very mature. He moved from Sweden to Canada alone at the age of 16 so he could play in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and put him in a better position to get drafted. He handled this all extremely well and already the results prove it. His maturity was noted all season during stretches of both ups and downs his team faced.
Landeskog is still growing as a player but was a perfect choice to captain the Avalanche. His maturity and work ethic will inspire other young players on the Avalanche and will help the older players focus on staying in top competing shape.
Will the young, but mature Landeskog be able to lead the Avalanche back into the playoffs?
More to Come..
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