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Last season, when the Colorado Avalanche fell apart like a poorly-assembled toddler bike, the team had absolutely no leadership. Adam Foote was the captain, but he was injured, pretty much everybody figured he was going to retire at the end of the season and a large portion of the team was sidelined with injury.
Everybody was looking for somebody to be the guy, but nobody stepped up. To make things worse, the coaching staff didn't show any leadership either.
This season, there is leadership everywhere.
Ryan O'Reilly has become the leader on the team, Milan Hejduk is still leading by example, Shane O'Brien has shown amazing leadership on the blue line and Jean-Sebastien Giguere might be the best leader on the team. Even rookie Gabriel Landeskog has shown great leadership abilities in his short time with the team.
Right now, there are plenty of guys that are stepping up to the plate, calling out the team when things need to be said and putting the team on their back in moments that matter the most.