This is part of Jets Day at PHT…
When Andrew Ladd was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Winnipeg Jets not only lost a productive forward but their captain, as well.
The search for the next captain has been a topic of discussion in Winnipeg for months, with Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and Dustin Byfuglien emerging as the three players mentioned as the most likely potential candidates.
“I think they (management) are being incredibly thorough with that process, and you know we’re in a great situation in that we have a lot of candidates who are both deserving and would do a great job as captain,” said Wheeler, as per Metro News in Winnipeg less than two weeks ago.
“Whenever that happens is when it’ll happen, they really can’t make a wrong choice.”
Wheeler, 29, already wears an ‘A’ as an alternate captain. Scheifele is just 23 years old but is a huge building block for the Jets, who signed the young center to an eight-year, $49 million contract extension this summer. Byfuglien, 31, is, simply put, a force on the ice and has Stanley Cup experience, dating back to his days with the Blackhawks.
In the hockey-mad market of Winnipeg, there are added responsibilities and pressures, according to Jets head coach Paul Maurice.
“Being the captain of a hockey team in Canada, there’s more to it than just the symbolic ‘C’ on your sweater. It’s more than just talking to the officials. You become the face of the franchise. Because of the scrutiny, you have to answer questions at tough times,” said Maurice, as per the Winnipeg Sun, in February.
So, here is your chance to have a say.