Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Connor McDavid Becomes Youngest Captain in NHL History



A new era of Edmonton Oilers captaincy has begun. Can't miss kid Connor McDavid was named the franchise's 15th captain today, joining Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Kevin Lowe on the list. At 19 years and 266 days, McDavid becomes the youngest player to captain any franchise:



YOUNGEST NHL CAPTAINS:

Connor McDavid, 19 years 266 days
Gabriel Landeskog, 19 years 286 days
Sidney Crosby, 19 years, 297 days
Vincent Lecavalier, 19 years, 315 days
Jonathan Toews, 20 years, 80 days

McDavid has registered 48 points in 45 NHL games and was a finalist for the Calder Trophy last season.

"I think that first game back he showed he was ready to take charge and he was ready to play," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan, according to NHL.com. "I think at that point his play evolved. He was confident. The way he carried himself in the locker room, the way he interacted with his teammates, through some of the meetings at the end of the season, players that aren't ready don't share a lot and he was really open with us. We were open with him. At that point it was real evident he was ready to lead this group."

Also on Wednesday, Jordan Eberle, Milan Lucic and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were named alternate captains.