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NHL Central Division Captains, Ranked Worst To First

By Colin Likas
Mar 11, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) defends against Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period at American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Blackhawks 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) defends against Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period at American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Blackhawks 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 29, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) talks with right wing Jarome Iginla (12) and center Carl Soderberg (34) during the third period against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center.The Blues won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 4: Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog

Mr. Elbows was named captain of the Avalanche in 2012, the youngest in league history at 19 years, 286 days. And his tenure has seen its ups and downs.

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The highest point for Landeskog so far was when Colorado won the Central Division in what may’ve been the league’s ultimate surprise of 2013-14. The Avs outlasted St. Louis by a point and Chicago by five, and for that Landeskog has to be commended. He potted a career-best 65 points that regular season, and his brand of leadership certainly worked with that team.

But the rest of his tenure has been so-so. He netted just 36 points in a full season two years ago, then 33 in 75 games last season. A combination of the captaincy and playing for noted crazy person Patrick Roy could have been weighing on him.

With a new coach in place this year, Landeskog could feel refreshed and get back on track. He’s just 23 years old, so he has potential to be one of the franchises better captains. Of course, if he struggles again this season, new leader Jared Bednar could make a switch in the 2017 offseason to the likes of Nathan MacKinnon or Matt Duchene.

Next: Captain No. 3

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