Winnipeg Jets Next Captain

Captains are the main part of the team; they can be the difference between winning the cup or winning the Draft Lottery. Winnipeg’s Andrew Ladd is a tremendous example of a true leader, but he will eventually have to hang up the skates. I have straggled together two captaincy combinations for Winnipeg.
1. “C” Blake Wheeler “A” Mark Stuart “A” Bryan Little
Blake Wheeler has played second to Ladd ever since their short tenure in Atlanta before moving to Winnipeg to play for the relocated Jets. There is no doubt that Wheeler doesn’t have what it takes to lead Winnipeg. He’s a great leader on and off the ice and handled the Kane incident very well stating; “There’s a code we follow as professional athletes and we all have a standard to live by”. Meanwhile Ladd kept quiet. I’m not slamming on Ladd. It is very hard to be a captain in tough times. Wheeler’s will to say what he believes should be said. Mark Stuart has done a wonderful job so far rocking the white and blue “A”. He is an unselfish player that rarely turns the puck over and really helps the rookies out when they need it. He was shipped off to Atlanta with Blake Wheeler in exchange for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik where he played until the Jets returned to the NHL. The fact that he was awarded captaincy upon his arrival and not been stripped of it is a sign that he will don the “A” at least until his four year contract expires. What do you get when you mix grit, determination, speed and teamwork? You end up with 5’11 185 lbs. right winger named Bryan Little. Little is one of the few players that were drafted by Atlanta. He played for the Thrashers until they went bankrupt and were forced to sell. Little is always thinking pass first which means he’s a respectable guy and provides ‘cake’ for the goal scorers, a trait that can lead to great success. Little, Ladd and Wheeler led the Jets into their first playoff off run but were heartbreakingly defeated by the 2007 Stanley Cup Champs, the Anaheim Ducks. Little is not one to cause static. He is a strictly business mentality player which carries him into the runnings for Winnipeg’s next captaincy combination.
2. “C” Adam Lowry “A” Jacob Trouba “A” Nicolas Petan
Adam Lowry has definitely shown the National Hockey League what he’s capable of and one of those things is taking charge. He is not afraid to take hits. He handles the media very well and is the type of guy that never gives up on a play. Jacob Trouba is a defender with sky high potential. He doesn’t care what happens to his body and has one goal; winning. Trouba has only played for Winnipeg and never breathed the Atlanta air. Nicolas Petan had an unreal showing at the IIHF World Junior Championships and came back to Portland with bragging rights over future Winnipeg teammate Chase De Leo. His skill is impeccable and has not been caught up in any rookie mistakes. He is sometimes compared to Logan Couture. Petan is not the player that has his cup of coffee in the NHL and then never to be heard from again. No, instead he walks with his head in the clouds and doesn’t let anyone push him around.
Honorable Mentions:
Mark Scheifele “C”
Mark Scheifele was Winnipeg’s first ever drafted player in the organization. It only took him one season to go to work servicing the Winnipeg Jets’ jersey. Scheifele has a bronze medal under his belt. His experience makes him a contestant for Winnipeg’s captain.


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