John Tavares has been the center of attention on Long Island ever since he was drafted first overall in the 2009 draft. Now, he gets one of the highest honors a team can give an individual- team captaincy, according to Newsday beat writer Arthur Staple.
At 22 years of age, he will be the second youngest captain in the NHL- that title belongs to the Colorado Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog. However, Tavares very easily could've captained the Isles earlier in his career if not for other great candidates, such as Bill Guerin, Doug Weight, and Mark Streit. But seeing as Streit is now a member of the Flyers, Weight is on the bench for the Isles as an assistant coach, and Guerin a developmental coach for the Penguins, it only seems fitting that the man the Isles drafted in order to change the franchise is going to wear the C.
The decision comes to the surprise of no Islander fan, as the writing has been on the walls for years. In fact, in an interview during the 2013 season, GM Garth Snow said in plain English that "John will be the next captain". The only question was when he would wear the C. Tavares has worn an A for some time for the team, so he has experience wearing a letter on his jersey. John Tavares has scored 249 points in 291 total NHL games, with 112 goals and 137 assists. He has watched this team go from being literally the worst in the league to being a playoff contender for years to come.
According to Arthur Staple, the team will begin camp on September 12th in Brooklyn, and then they will head back to the Nassau Coliseum and Ice Works for the rest of camp, minus different locations for certain games. The official announcement would most likely come during the day in Brooklyn.
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