With the CBA negotiations at a standstill a lot of fans have been speculating even more about a NHL lockout. There are two weeks left until the current CBA expires and things are not looking good. But let’s not talk about that today, because for fans it’s kind of depressing. Instead let’s talk about some exciting non-lockout news that is happening in the NHL this off-season.
The Colorado Avalanche have made headlines as of late by announcing rookie Gabriel Landeskog as their new captain. Landeskog is the youngest NHLer to be named captain in the history of the league. Even younger than Sidney Crosby, by an arbitrary 11 days. The announcement was a surprise to everyone, even Landeskog himself.
That is not to say that choosing him as the new captain was a bad idea. Landeskog is only 19 so he has a lot of developing to do, but he is already showing the league that he is here to stay. He won the Calder Trophy, which is given to the Rookie of the Year. He also led his team with 22 goals, and 52 points all while playing in every AVs game this past season. For 19 years old those are some pretty impressive numbers.
His leading performance also shows that he is ready to be a leader off the ice with his teammates. We are definitely going to be seeing more of him and maybe the Avalanche can finally make the playoffs soon.