Sunday, July 19, 2015

Now That Patrick Sharp Is Gone, Who Gets The "A" As Alternate Captain?

During Saturday's coaches panel session at the Chicago Blackhawks Convention, Joel Quenneville was asked a debatable question by a fan that some have been speculating since the departure of Patrick Sharp.

Who will be wearing the "A" as alternate captain that Sharp once wore?

Quenneville stated, "I think I know who I want to do it, who's deserving of it, who's a perfect fit.  That's not
to be determined today."

So since Coach Q won't tell us, let's have a little bit of a debate of a few players that we think are worthy of wearing the "A" on their Blackhawks sweater.

Patrick Kane - He's come a long way since his rookie year 8 years ago, all spent with the Blakchawks.  He's become one of the most exciting players on the ice and is one of the few that can take control of a game.  He leads by example and can easily be a leader on this team.  He tallied his 500th career point last year.

Marian Hossa - a 17-year veteran in the NHL, has spent the last 6 years as a Blackhawk and is still among one of the best two-way forwards in the game.  Hossa recorded his 1000th career point last year and should net his 500th career goal by this upcoming Christmas.  Kane, among others, credit Hossa in teaching them the game and making them better players.  Newcomer, Marko Dano has admitted already to emulate his game from Hossa.  Hossa's career +/- rating is +228.

Brent Seabrook - Other than Duncan Keith, Seabrook has the next longest tenure on the team, spending his entire 10 year career with the Blackhawks.  He has filled in as an "A"lternate when needed and has been a reliable defenseman on this team and comes up with huge goals in huge situations .  In the 2013 playoffs against Detroit, Jonathan Toews took 3 penalties in a crucial game and Seabrook was the one to talk to Toews to calm him down and provide the added leadership when needed.

If I were to make a wager, I would put my money on Seabrook.  The great thing about all of this, is there is no wrong answer.  What a great problem to have. 

Who do you think takes the "A"?


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