Does Toronto’s recent inconsistent play show the need for a captain? Many Leaf fans across social media seem to think so. The real question is: who should be the next Leaf captain?
Two Horse Race?
He’s the drafted center stud the Maple Leafs has been missing since Mats Sundin left the team more than a decade ago. Auston Matthews is Homegrown, an offensive wonder , and one of the most dynamic goal scorers in the NHL.
It seems like the perfect fit for Matthews to step up and be the Leafs captain, right? The groundwork has been laid for the franchise draftee to take up the “C” after the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, and Connor McDavid.
He’s locked down for five years now but is this a negative factor counting against him? Regardless of his contract, Matthews has the self-belief to be a leader on the ice and would make for a fine candidate to captain the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The seven-year man, the prodigal son, or the snake (depending on your perspective). John Tavares is all of these things and is ripe to add another, captain of his boyhood team.
He has the pedigree after captaining his drafting team, the New York Islanders, for five seasons. Tavares dropped that team and with it his captain status which begs the question, was Tavares offered the eventual captaincy when Dubas pitched him Toronto?
He has endeared himself to Toronto fans by choosing their team over a host of others, but his play has made Leafs Nation Tavares fanatics. His chemistry with Mitch Marner doesn’t hurt either!
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