With a desire to play in his hometown, former captain Zach Parise defected to Minnesota and left the Stanley Cup runner-up New Jersey Devils Captain-less for the 2013 season.
While New Jersey may have to find a player that can patch up the 60-plus points-per-season hole left in the Devils’ offense, the Devils have plenty of leaders worthy of wearing a “C” on their chest.
The Devils shook things up a bit last season, giving a fairly young 27-year-old a high-pressure position as Captain during his last year under contract with New Jersey—a risky maneuver that was vital in bringing the team from Newark to the finals.
It could be wise for the Devils to shake things up with an unorthodox captain. It could also be wise to take the predictable route and give it to one of their strong veterans.
Here are five players, above and below the radar, who are deserving of leadership consideration in New Jersey.