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.
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.
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