Feb 6, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Edmonton Oilers center Shawn Horcoff (10) warms up before playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Oilers 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Horcoff Keeps The C, Eberle To Get An A

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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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