— Wanye (@WanyeGretz) January 15, 2013
Wanye is the best.
Oilers Coach Ralph Krueger left the door open yesterday for speculation as far as who his captain was going to be.
Here’s the report card. I give it a B.
- Shawn Horcoff will remain captain, at least through the end of this season.
- Jordan Eberle has been promoted to a full-time alternate.
- Taylor Hall and Nick Schultz will split time as an alternate
- Both Ryan Whitney and Ales Hemsky will no longer serve as alternates.
ON HORCOFF KEEPING THE C
I don’t see why people are up in Horcoff’s grill. Fully convinced that if Horcoff was a 50 point player, fans would look upon him with much reverence and respect. Not everybody wants him to shed his C, but a growing number of people are really worked up about it. He’s 34 and a good leader, which is what good captains do. So yeah, he’s earned it. Good for Horcoff, and good for the team.
EBERLE AND THE A
Good for this guy, too. You’ll hear an argument that Hall deserves a full time A as well, but I’ve got a couple of quarters that say Eberle’s being groomed as Edmonton’s next captain. Not sure when that’ll be, but he’s got the full time A at 22 years of age.
HALL AND NICK SCHULTZ TO ALTERNATE AS ALTERNATES
Another nod to youth in Taylor Hall getting some time as an alternate. Hall will make a pretty good argument to wear the C in a couple of years.
ON HEMSKY AND WHITNEY LOSING THEIR LETTERS
Not at all thrilled with Hemsky losing his letter. And until a couple of dozen people let me in on the deal, I thought Justin Schultz was going to be the alternate. It’s Nick Schultz. (puts down pills, picks up icepack).
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