Captains

Wednesday, 04.24.2013 / 1:11 PM CT / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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Captains

Two of the three Western Conference teams sans a team captain square off at AAC on Thursday with a trip to the playoff perhaps on the line. If either the Stars or the Bluejackets get the 8th seed they will draw the team that boasts the best captain in the league right now - "Captain Serious", Jonathan Toews.

So lets take a look at the 12 team captains in the Western Conference:

Jonathan Toews (Chi) - Wills his mates. Plays to win every night. Makes those around him better and the opposition worse. Money in shootouts and on the dots. Dedicated. Determined. Winner.

Shane Doan (Pho) - Not the player he once was but; Physical. Even-toned voice in room. Likes to win.

Joe Thornton (SJ) - The opposite of Captain Serious as far as demeanor. Likes to enjoy the process. Premium setup man. Playoff grit questioned in past. When he digs in, they win.

Mikko Koivu (Min) - The Wild's best player. Touches every aspect of the game. Covers teammates imperfections

Ryan Getzlaf (Ana) - As he goes, Ducks go. Not a great face off man but is consistently physical and has wonderfully soft hands for setting teammates up.

Henrik Sedin (Van) - The Playmaking twin. Unfair, as he has his brother to aid him - always, and forever.

David Backes (Stl) - Big bruising center who draws head to head assignments. Hitch pushing him to push others. Nasty night for opposing centers.

Shea Weber (Nsh) - The Preds best player by a mile. He logs tough minutes and owns a frightening shot. Type of captain who has mates backs, but right now he doesn't have much to lead.

Dustin Brown (LA) - Too much of a phony and predatory hitter for my liking. Was terrific for Kings during their run to Cup in Spring. Dropped F-bomb on live TV after Cup clinching win - which was both endearing and dumb.

Henrik Zetterberg (Det) - Tough to takeover the 'C' from a guy like Lidstrom. Just starting tenure with rebuilding Wings. Detroit's head coach would make a great captain.

Gabriel Landeskog (Col) - Youngest captain in NHL history. Unfair to give him 'C'' with very little quality veteran leadership around him but I get sense he'll be a really good one in short order.

Shawn Horcoff (Edm) - Time for Oilers to pass it on to next gen.

Great captains set an example, establish a level of expectation, and are unwavering in doing both.

Derian Hatcher learned to be like that and was a fabulous captain during the Stars halcyon years.

Brenden Morrow grew into one of those too. The 2008 playoff run was exhibit 'A'.

And I would surmise the next Stars captain, whoever that is, will gradually become the franchises next great leader.

Of course, individuals don't necessarily need a letter on the left breast of their jersey to lead. As the saying goes, "Being a leader is like being a lady; If you have to tell people you are, you probably aren't."

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
8 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 50 22 25 3 130 147 47
13 WPG 51 22 26 3 132 148 47
14 EDM 52 21 26 5 130 151 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 52 28 30 16 58
T. Seguin 52 27 28 12 55
J. Klingberg 52 8 35 17 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 52 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 52 10 13 2 23
A. Goligoski 52 3 20 20 23
M. Janmark 52 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 50 8 10 6 18
V. Nichushkin 49 6 12 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 9 5 .910 2.46
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .908 2.82
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