Daniel Alfredsson has done just about what every player dreams of doing from winning a gold medal, a Calder trophy, becoming a face of a franchise and its points leader. Daniel Alfredsson has lead the Ottawa Senators to a Stanley Cup berth in 2007, the first in Modern Franchise history! Not bad for someone who was overlooked by most scouts in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. John Ferguson Sr. saw something in the young Swedish prospect and made the Ottawa Senators draft him in sixth round 133rd overall.
The reality is... He cannot be around forever. So who will lead the charge for the next generation of Ottawa Senators? Lets take a look at some options.
Here are some player’s that might fit the bill as the Ottawa Senators next Captain.
A offensively-gifted player who has matured over the years and has seen his fair share of linemates come in and out. One part of the “CASH” line trio and was almost crucified for lack of two-way play in past seasons. Spezza has defiantly grown from the putting pucks in the back of the net protecting his own net. No matter how you say it, Spezza is a first line center. He will put up points on the scoresheet during the regular season and be consistent throughout the year. Spezza's playoff record may not be the best but he will get better.
The newlywed during this off-season and active in the Ottawa community. Mike Fisher is definitely the role model on this team. A Frank J. Selke nominee in 2007, 40+ point producer the last 5 seasons(excluding 08-09 season), crash the net player and a player who always putting a full effort every night. Injury concern is one knock against Fisher that may affect how often he is on the ice. This does not affect his ability to lead; just his ability to be a captain on the ice.
One of the original Senators of the 90's, and has been with us as long as Daniel Alfredsson has. From the bottom of the barrel to the cream of the crop, Phillips has been all class through it all. At the end of the day, Phillips has carried on without a complaint, a trade demand or a contract holdout(looking at you Yashin). A true character guy; he wont put up 60 points but he will do the stuff that know one likes doing. The shot blocking, going into the corners, and shutting down the best in the game today.
All of these players have a chance to carry the "C" and all have worn the "A" at one point during their career. All will know doubt do the best within their ability to lead us to the Stanley Cup Finals again. I know that each player leads by example and does what they can for the team(looking at you Dany H).
Like my suggestions? Got any better idea's or think these that we might not have a Captain. Leave a comment below.