The New York Islanders are left without a captain since John Tavares left. So we’ll look at five potential options for the team.
For the last five years, the New York Islanders have had the same captain. John Tavares took over that role before the 2013 season and served as captain through his last game as a New York Islander.
In their history, the team has had 14 captains in their 45 completed seasons. Only once has the team been captainless and that came back in 1996-1997 in between Pat Flatley and Bryan McCabe.
As of right now, the team hasn’t named a new captain to replace John Tavares. They could follow in the footsteps of the Maple Leafs and just have assistant captains, the Leafs haven’t had a captain for the past two years ever since Dion Phaneuf left.
With Lou in charge, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if the Islanders went the entire season without a new captain named. It’s not a necessity, but it’s certainly more common than not to have a captain and someone who is a leader of your team.
I’ve been thinking of who the Islanders could name captain since Tavares has left, and both Mitch Anderson and I have comprised a list of five potential candidates for the position. Let’s take a look at the five most likely choices, in no particular order.