Aside from their signing of P.A. Parenteau, naming Gabriel Landeskog captain was the biggest move that the Colorado Avalanche made last summer.
It was a surprising move, as Landeskog was coming into just his second season and was still only 19 when the season was set to begin. But it was also a move that acknowledged that Landeskog was to become the new face of the Avalanche franchise and got it out of the way quickly.
This season, Landeskog’s first as captain, has not been the easiest of years to wear the ‘C’, whether you’re a captain of a few months or several years. It has tested both Landeskog and the Avalanche in several different ways.
Earlier in the 2013 campaign, Landeskog experienced issues related to symptoms from a concussion that he sustained towards the end of January. He missed nearly a month trying to recover and get rid of those symptoms. He returned on February 23rd, but has still had trouble finding his game overall. Aside from an impressive stretch at the beginning of March, he hasn’t done much offensively.
Then there’s the fact that this Avalanche team currently sits as one of the worst in the game. They could very well end up as the worst team in the Western Conference. It’s a far cry from where this team was expected to be this year. They weren’t expected to make a serious Stanley Cup run, but were at least expected to be in the mix for a playoff spot.
Things will obviously get easier for Gabriel Landeskog as captain of the Colorado Avalanche. After all, they can’t get much worse. This is a team that will have a lot of work to do this summer, which should aid Landeskog as he grows as captain.