It was just announced that Steve Ott (pictured above) and Thomas Vanek (pictured below) were named co-captains of the Buffalo Sabres for the 2013-2014 Season. It’s simply going to work as such, Ott will be the Captain of the team on road games, and Vanek will be the captain at home games inside the First Niagara Center.
Ott is a 31 year old native of Prince Edward Island, Canada who is going into his 12th season in the NHL and has played in 614 regular season games. Ott came to the Sabres as part of a trade with Derek Roy in the 2012 off-season from the Dallas Stars. While he only has 244 career points in the league, he is more known for being an enforcer type player who lays the lumber early and often while he’s on the ice as he has 1,263 penalty minutes in his career.
Vanek is 29 year old native of Austria who is going into his ninth season in the NHL who has played his entire career with the Sabres. Unlike Ott as well, Vanek is a pure and sound shooter with 488 career points with 250 of them being goals. He is well respected around the league as being one of the most accurate goal scores in the league.
All and all, it is a great move for the Buffalo Sabres for the 2013-2014 season as the last time they had co-captains, they won the President’s Trophy with the most team points in the regular season. The almighty question is can the team with all this youth seemingly everywhere come together and gel and become a consistent hockey powerhouse for years to come.