New York Islanders: 5 Choices For The Next Captain

By Matt O'Leary
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Anders Lee /
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GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 22: Nick Leddy /

Nick Leddy

Why Him

Yes. Nick Leddy had a bad year in 2017-18. It started out well for Leddy, putting up points and helping the team tread water. Until December hit. The production dried up and his +/- started falling like a stone.

Leddy went from early season Norris talk, to being mentioned as having one of the worst defensive seasons for the Islanders. Ever.

Since acquiring him via trade from the Chicago Blackhawks in 2014, Nick Leddy, along with Johnny Boychuk, completely revolutionized the Islanders blueline. The Islanders finally had that number one stud defenseman who could play big minutes, put up points, and skate the puck out of the zone.

Again, Nick Leddy was in the conversation for the Norris at the start of the 2017-18 NHL season. That’s the type of quality Nick Leddy usually produces.

He’s the Islanders quarterback on the backend. Playing above 25 minutes a night, most of the Islanders offense out of the backend starts on his stick.

Why Not

That -42 season in 2017-18 stands out like a sore thumb. How could the Islanders give the ‘C’ to a player that was so bad in his own zone? Even if you’re like me and think -42 is a bad stat, making Leddy captain after last season doesn’t look great.

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By all indications, Leddy is just like Tavares. Quiet and leads by example with his on-ice play. His play last season won’t inspire anyone. Giving someone the ‘C’ with the same type of character as the last guy does nothing to further the culture change Lou Lamoriello initiated when he got here.