Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A question of Leadership for the Golden Knights

Question: Who should be the captain of the Golden Knights?

Answer:  Marc-Andre Fleury.

This is kinda a no brainier. He is all ready the public face of the organization. As a three time Stanley cup champion he has more experience then anyone else on the team.  I am also going to put this out there,  as of right now he is the 15th overall in wins for a goalie. He has been a steady force in goal for the Penguins for over a decade.

Wait...A goalie as captain? Yes! Roberto Luongo was captain for the Canucks. Yeah, so Luongo doesn't have any cups, but he is 5th in overall wins!

Question: Who should the assistant captains be?

Answer:  James Neal, and Deryk Engelland.

Yup, you read that right.  All three former Penguins. They all played on the Penguins in overlapping seasons. The James Neal who I remember helped Malkin get the Hart trophy in 2011-2012 season.  Meanwhile, he helped himself to a career high of 40 goals that season.  He also wore an "A" while playing for the Predators.

Why Deryk Engelland? He is one tough customer. At 35, he adds a lot of experience.

IF they don't pick Marc-Andre Fleury for what ever reason, this will be a giant misstep.  They have all ready announced that there will NOT be a captain for the start of the season.  I think this wait and see approach may actually hurt them in this case.  They need to get solid leadership from the first game. 

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