Erik Johnson is the most ready player on the team to take on the captaincy.
He is a young, stud defenseman whom you build your team around, much like Chris Pronger.
The only problem with Johnson is that he is a relative newcomer to the Avalanche, having only played in 22 games for the burgundy and blue after coming over from St. Louis late last season.
But it cannot be ignored that Johnson is a former No. 1 overall draft pick, and his demeanor shows that. He is a natural born leader, with a fire and pride that will fuel his game for years to come.
Adrian Dater of the Denver Post asked Johnson about potentially being named team captain, and he had this to say: "That would be a big honor, but that's up to the coaching staff and management. But being a leader is definitely something I take pride in, and of course that's something you'd accept with open arms. I just have to go about my business in the right way, and there's plenty of guys on our team who could take that role."
The guy has a confidence about him but also a humility that makes for a great captain.
At age 23, Johnson is in a prime position to undertake the leadership role for the team.
I would put Johnson's odds at 50/50, same as Duchene.
But if I were to put money on one of the two, I would choose Johnson. He is everything you want in your captain, and he is ready and willing to take on the responsibility and lead this team.