Henrik Zetterberg is 37 years young and still ticking. Zetterberg, who has played with the Red Wings his whole career, took over the Captain role from Nick Lidstrom; and has shown why he was deserving and still does today. Hank is second on the team for points and second in assists, so he continues to show why he will still be able to play for a few more years. However, what happens when the hourglass and time catches up with Zetterberg and it’s his time to hang up the skates? The “C” will be passed on.
The Red Wings have a lot of young talent on the team, using every game to develop it more and more. So, who should be the next captain of the Red Wings? Here are a couple options for who might have a shot at the “C” when it comes time.
Drafted 15th overall in the 2014 entry draft, Larkin spent one year under the coaching of Red Berenson at the University of Michigan. He spent a little while in Grand Rapids, but quickly found himself on the big club. Larkin burst onto the scene his first year on the team, scoring in his first NHL game and quickly became a fan favorite. Especially since he is from the state of Michigan. Dylan Larkin also represented the Red Wings as a rookie at the 2015-2016 All-Star game. His future looked bright as a young Red Wing.
His second year in the league brought a little bit of a “Sophomore Slump”. His game just seemed to drop a bit from the high expectations he set in his first year. His goals, assists, and points all dropped; and his plus/minus flipped a complete 180 and went from 11 to -28. It seemed like into the second year, teams had figured out how to stop Larkin’s speed through the neutral zone. Larks’s second year was a bit of a let down.
However, here early in his third year; he has performed. He already has notched 33 points, which is one more from his whole total from last year. Larkin is currently feeding the puck more than ever, and racking up assists almost every night. The most exciting part about Larkin’s is his age-he is only 21. If the Red Wings were to award him with the Captain patch, we would be set for a long time. Larkin shows great potential and leadership.
6’5”, 220, and a mean shot is what Anthony Mantha brings to the Red Wings. Mantha, in his second full season with the team, is showing why he could be wearing the Winged Wheel for a long time. Mantha contributed 17 goals and 19 assists in his first full season with the Red Wings and could very well double that point total from last year. Mantha has brought life to the Red Wings powerplay this year, netting 5 goals with the extra attacker as well as 3 assists. The rejuvenated Red Wings powerplay has been a big factor in pulling away or coming back in most of the wins that the Red Wings have had this year.
Mantha reminds me a lot of Johan Franzen. Big in stature, provides a rocket of a snapshot, and has soft hands for a big man. The NHL has become filled with young, speedy players that do not really possess the characteristics of Mantha. Anthony is currently 23 years old, and another young star of the Wings that could potentially receive the title of Captain. In my opinion, Mantha should be the next Captain of the Detroit Red Wings. The size, shot, and notice Mantha is getting around the league makes him a force and threat to any other NHL team.
Who do you think should be the next Captain of the Detroit Red Wings?
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