There will be a few new names bearing the responsibilities of a captain in the Blackhawks’ division this season.
On Thursday, the Nashville Predators officially named center Mike Fisher their new captain. He replaces Shea Weber, who was traded to Montreal for PK Subban this summer.
Earlier, the St. Louis Blues named defenseman Alex Pietrangelo their new captain. He replaces David Backes, who departed as a free agent this summer.
Of the six captains in the Central, three were first round picks. The other three were acquired in trades that, in hindsight, were overwhelming wins for their current teams.
Let’s look at how each team acquired the man who will wear the “C” moving forward.
Chicago Blackhawks – Jonathan Toews
Drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1st round (#3 overall) in the 2006 NHL Draft.
Dallas Stars – Jamie Benn
June 23, 2007 – draft pick rights (5th round – #129 – 2007 NHL Draft) acquired with two additional 5th round picks in the 2007 Draft (Michael Neal and Austin Smith) from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 4th round pick in the 2007 Draft (Maksim Mayorov).
Nashville Predators – Mike Fisher
Feb. 10, 2011 – acquired from the Ottawa Senators for 1st round pick in the 2011 draft (Stefan Noesen) and 3rd round pick in the 2012 draft (Jarrod Maidens).
St. Louis Blues – Alex Pietrangelo
Drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 1st round (#4 overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft.
Minnesota Wild – Mikko Koivu
Drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the 1st round (#6 overall) in the 2001 NHL Draft.
Winnipeg Jets – Blake Wheeler
Feb. 18, 2011 – acquired by the Atlanta Thrashers with Mark Stuart from the Boston Bruins for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik