When the New York Islanders traded the rights of impending free agent Mark Streit, they lost more than their no. 1 defenseman. They also lost their captain. Now a young team will look to hand over the ‘C’ to someone new this summer, and it’s probably no secret who that player is going to be.
There are a few players that could probably be considered to be in the mix. But when it comes down to it, the player most likely to be named the 14th captain in franchise history is going to be their young superstar, John Tavares. Anything else would be a complete and total shock.
Tavares used the lockout shortened season to take his game to that superstar level in 2013. He had a career year in 2011-2012, finishing with 81 points on the year. He followed up with another point-per-game season this year, with 47 points in 48 games on the year.
It was a season that not only saw Tavares establish himself among the elite players as far as his production, but he also got a bit of notoriety for it as well. He finished the season with a nomination as a finalist for the Hart Trophy, though he was unable to best regulars Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin for the award.
Make no mistake about it, John Tavares is the face of the franchise for the New York Islanders. He’s a franchise player that carried them at times throughout the season, and should continue to do so into the future. There’s no reason to think that anyone other than Tavares will be sporting the ‘C’ next year.