A captain isn’t necessary for a team’s success, but it would be a nice gesture from management to show the team who’s voice they value the most. Captains are often the target of the media and in the hockey central city of Toronto, they can get very frustrating and annoying to deal with. That means the next captain must be patient and level-headed at all times. There are many candidates for the next captain, so let’s break it down.
This one is a no-brainer. He leads the team in all offensive categories and is the best forward on the team at 19 years old. He has mastered the art of media scrums and always says the right “hockey answer”. This would be a good move on the management’s part because they are showing him that they believe in him, which will create some loyalty between them.
A Toronto Maple Leaf for his entire NHL career, a solid, reliable defenceman, and a strong leadership presence, makes Rielly a great candidate for the captaincy. Mike Babcock really trusts Rielly, and that is really important when choosing a captain as well.
A Toronto Maple Leaf for his entire NHL career, one of the best two-way defenders in the league, and is trusted a ton by Babcock. He might be more unlikely than the other two options, but it’s still worth a shot. He scores a bunch, is solid defensively, and is good on the faceoff dot. He has a strong leadership presence on the bench and in the locker room and is well-respected by all of his teammates.
I don’t know if the Toronto Maple Leafs will ever need a captain, but if they do choose to get one, these three would be the most likely candidates.