Rick Nash Leads Columbus Blue Jackets' Leadership Group

Bethany PCorrespondent ISeptember 13, 2008

Coach Ken Hitchcock revealed his leadership group today.  According to Puck-Rakers, this is how it’s going to be:

Rick Nash, Fredrik Modin, Rostislav Klesla, Michael Peca, Mike Commodore, and Manny Malhotra.

Nash is to be expected.  He’s our Captain, and well, that sort of goes along with that whole thing.

Fredrik Modin is also one that I expected to be in there.  If he is healthy, he will do a great job.  He has Stanley Cup experience and is one of our veterans.

Rostislav Klesla really stepped up last season when Foote left.  Klesla was also the team's first ever draft pick.  It’s time he stepped up and led the team.

Michael Peca, well who didn’t see that coming?  It was well documented that when Peca was on the bench we played better last season.  He will have a better season this year and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get another contract at the end of the season.

Mike Commodore, a new Blue Jacket, is someone who I thought would be involved in the leadership group somehow someway.

Manny Malhotra doesn’t surprise me.  He’s always sort of been a leader, if you have watched him carefully on the ice, and sitting on the bench.  He is always talking to his teammates which is a great thing to have in a leader.

Do you think there was anyone that should be on that wasn’t?  My good friend at Light the Lamp seems to think Chimera was left off.   I agree, but that doesn’t mean he won’t step up in the room, or during practice, or during games.