On Tuesday morning, the Avalanche made a bit of history by slapping the "C" on the sweater of 2012 Calder Trophy winner Gabriel Landeskog, making him – at 19 years, 286 days old – the youngest captain in League history. The mark for such an honor was previously held by Penguins icon Sidney Crosby, who was 11 days older than Landeskog when he received the club’s captaincy on May 31, 2007.
The team’s decision sparked a lot of interest in the twitter-verse, judging by how many people asked me the same question: "What do I think of the move?"
I’ll start by saying the Avalanche management team and coaching staff know their team a lot better than any of us in the media would know it. So, clearly, their decision says a ton about their feelings for Landeskog, who scored 22 goals and 52 points while firing a rookie-best 270 shots on goal in 82 games.
Like Landeskog himself, I was a little surprised by the move. (He said he had "no clue" about the decision.) A second NHL season can be tough enough for any young player without carrying the weight of the "C." Why not wait another year or two?