Mar 24, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) and Islanders fans react after Tavares

John Tavares For Captain?..Not So Fast.

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With the offseason departure of defenseman Mark Streit, the position of captain of the Islanders is now open.

Among the likely candidates is heavy favorite  John Tavares. Tavares, who is obviously the face of the franchise, has many qualities a captain should possess. He has skill on the ice, makes necessary strides to play to his best ability, and is a positive force in the locker room. He is liked by everyone surrounding the Islanders organization, and he should be. However, don’t just assume Tavares cruises into the role of captain without contest, because  there may very well be other candidates that are equally if not more worthy of the job than the Islanders superstar.

Of said candidates, the one that could bring the most competition would be defenseman Travis Hamonic. As if to prove his mettle by showing everyone a well known missing front tooth, he does the dirty work in addition to being a physical, intimidating force (just ask Evgeni Malkin).

He likes to bang bodies, block shots,  and is certainly not afraid to chase a puck into a corner. Travis is a vocal player, whether it be inspiring his teammates or antagonizing opposing players. He is a feisty player; one who gets very involved in the game in both the physical and mental aspect. He fights, he talks, is physical, can occasionally score (Hamonic put up 10 points in 43 games played this season), and is a positive locker room presence.

There is no doubt in some observers minds that Hamonic is capable of captaining this Islanders team. So why hasn’t he been granted serious consideration during talks among Islanders faithful? The answer is unknown.

Hamonic has leadership ability and plays a tenacious style much different to that of Tavares. Physicality has become part of the identity of this Islanders team, and we have players like Hamonic  to thank for that.

While Tavares probably will win the honor of having the ‘C’ stitched onto his jersey come training camp given his tremendous skill and popularity, don’t just throw the name of Travis Hamonic out the window. It’s definitely something to think about, and hopefully Jack Capuano feels the same way.

Let me know what you think on the situation in the comments or on twitter after voting in our poll below.

All things being equal, who is your choice to captain the Islanders?

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-Peter (@pjmcentee)

Tags: Captain John Tavares New York Islanders NHL Offseason Travis Hamonic

  • stevealu

    Tavares gets the “C” and Hammer gets an “A” this season..

    • Peter McEntee

      I agree. As you can see, I’m big on Hamonic, but Tavares will get the “C” during training camp. Face of the franchise. And I agree with you about Travis getting an “A.” He’s a lock for that.

      • Bababoie to y’all!

        I’m surprised he hasn’t already been wearing the A.

  • Paul LaLima

    I think Okposo is a good candidate as well. Although in past seasons he has been inconsistent and and a slow starter, I think he’s proven that he has turned the corner and stepped up his game to a level nobody expected. He’ll be a much more important player going forward.

    • Bababoie to y’all!

      lets see if he can get off to a good start. If he can do that then we’re talkin’!

  • John Evans

    You know Rick Dipietro has been with the organization so long it would be nice to see him get a letter and oh wait…

  • Bababoie to y’all!

    I dont think Isles fans ignore Hammers legitimacy for team captain. Its just that we all know equivocally who it needs to be. JT will be the Isles Capt, its a forgone conclusion…So its not that Hammer wouldn’t be a great Capt. Its just that JT is a SUPER STAR and a LEADER. He is the best playe on the team. The hardest worker on the team. JT is everything you want from a #1 over all draft pick and everything you want from your #1 center. JT for CAPT!