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Andrew Ladd is going to be the Inaugural captain of the new Winnipeg franchise.
Ladd was on top of the world last year when he won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Fast forwarding a bit, Ladd and countless other Blackhawks were shipped out of town. Ladd and the rest of the Thrashers are being presented with a golden opportunity. The mere fact that the team has already sold out the MTS Center for this season and many years to come is a great sign.
There will be Winnipeggers there every night cheering their team on. This will be a big change from the Phillips Arena in Atlanta.
Ladd who turns 26 later this year had an average year scoring 29 goals and 30 assists for 59 points. I think this move will greatly benefit Ladd.
Ladd is no stranger playing in Canada having played for the Calgary Hitmen and Vancouver Giants of the WHL and the Coquitlam Express of the BCHL.
When you also take into consideration that Winnipeg will have a lot of cap room to resign Ladd and other free agents, it makes for a sure fire success for this season and more to come in Winnipeg.
Predictions for 2011-12
35 Goals and 30 Assists for 65 points.