Oilers name Connor McDavid youngest captain in NHL history

Oct 5 2016, 7:29 pm

The Edmonton Oilers have named 19-year-old Connor McDavid captain, ahead of the 2015-16 NHL season.

At 19 years and 266 days-old, McDavid becomes the youngest captain in NHL history, surpassing Gabriel Landeskog, who was named captain of the Colorado Avalanche four years ago at 19 years and 286 days.

Despite his inexperience, McDavid is quite clearly the team’s franchise player. He’s also already their best player, which is remarkable for a player with just 45 games played under his belt.

“Definitely not the most vocal guy in the room,” McDavid said when asked about his leadership abilities. “I’m not the loudest guy in the room at all. I think I just try to lead by example either in practice or on the ice. I think I’m a guy that can relate to everyone and is really close with everyone on the team.”

McDavid is used to being captain of course, having been named captain of his junior team in Erie, as well as Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey.

Taylor Hall was also a strong candidate to wear the C, but he was traded to New Jersey in the offseason. Other candidates included Milan Lucic, Jordan Eberle, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who were all selected as alternate captains today.

The Oilers will be an improved team this season, but it remains to be seen if they can get back to the playoffs, something that has eluded them for the last 10 years.