But Matt how can you make a 21-year-old captain? Well, pretty easily actually. It’s his team now. With John Tavares gone, Barzal is the new face of the franchise, and fresh off his 85 point Calder winning season it couldn’t come at a better time.
Our last captain lead by example. Without a doubt, Barzy is the Isles best player so it would be similar circumstances.
While composing this list one thing crossed my mind, if the Islanders are to win a Stanley Cup who would I want to touch it first. Of course, the captain is the first to grab Lord Stanley’s Cup, so my mind immediately went to Barzal.
He would likely be one of the biggest reasons as to why they were there and won anyway, why not let him be the first one to take it from the commissioner too.
I get the argument that he’s just a young kid, but it’s his team now, and the Islanders can’t shelter him away from that fact forever. Eventually, he’ll need to move up to the top line, and be the face of the team. Might as well give him the “C” now.