Daily Poll: Who Should be the Oilers Next Captain?

With the news breaking yesterday that the Edmonton Oilers traded Shawn Horcoff to the Dallas Stars, the hockey club is now without a captain. Horcoff was the team’s thirteenth captain for the past three seasons, taking over from the departed Ethan Moreau following the 2009-10 campaign.

Now the coaching staff and management have to decide who to appoint as the Oilers next designated leader.

On a club with plenty of youth and inexperience, it could be easy to give it to a guy like Ryan Smyth who has plenty of leadership experience over his career.  Then again, Smyth’s future in Edmonton is bleak after this season and heading into next year his role is yet to be defined so maybe he’s not the best choice.

Sam Gagner, pending a new contract will be one of the more senior Oilers next season but his play on the ice isn’t overly inspiring. He is effective, he’s just not necessarily a leader on the ice and I can’t speak for his actions in the dressing room.

The unanimous choice on Twitter among Oilers fan is Taylor Hall.  At just 21-years of age, Hall will be entering fourth season with the Oilers and this is clearly his team now.  That much was evident last year when he not only became a leader, he became the Oilers leader.  You could argue that he’s still too young to be a captain, but then again, here’s a player who will go through the wall to make a play, leaves everything on the ice every night and is the epitome of Oilers hockey.

Jordan Eberle has a few votes around the Twitter world and while he’d be a great assistant, the captaincy may not be his strong suit.

Of course that’s just my opinion, now we want yours.  Take part in our daily poll and let us know who you think should be the Oilers next captain.

Who should be the Oilers next captain?

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Topics: Edmonton Oilers, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Smyth, Sam Gagner, Taylor Hall

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  • canadajohnny

    MacT hasn’t made the deal to get a captain yet…….it’s not going to be one of the young guns……..too early for them…..it’s going to be a guy that controls the room and someone the younger guys respect….Smyth is a logical choice right now, but in a diminished role that doesn’t hold up over the course of a season. Wait for MacT to get the guy he wants…..still has Hemsky in his pocket to deal. Brendan Morrow…..has he signed anywhere yet????

    • Derek Stykalo

      Morrow is still available but has stated he wants to play for a contender. Not sure if Edmonton would qualify as a contender to him but he’d be the perfect guy to sign for leadership not to mention his style of play. The only concern I have is giving the C to someone outside the organization like Morrow would be. Smyth has been around the room for a year now with the young guys along with his prior stint with the Oil. I still think Hall will get it though. It’s a new start so to speak and this is his team now.
      Thanks for reading and the comments.