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Nick Suzuki became the youngest captain in Canadiens history on Monday. When you look at the other teams, you can't say that the leaders of the Habs have been avant-garde. They simply followed the trend of recent years in the NHL.
Suzuki is 23 years old. With his appointment, he allows the Canadian to get out of his usual conservatism. We would not hold the same speech if he was with another formation. It feels natural.
In recent seasons, we have seen several such appointments across the NHL. Among the Edmonton Oilers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Colorado Avalanche and many other teams, they did not hesitate to give the title of captain to their best player even if he was very young.
The Connor McDavids, Sidney Crosby and Gabriel Landeskog all received the “C” even though they weren't yet 20.
For each player, their training wanted to set an important milestone for the future. An important piece of their foundation. The cornerstone of their rebuilding.
At the same time, it was an important message to their fans, financial partners and the rest of the NHL.
Can we put the name of Suzuki with these three names? Not for the moment. To do so, he will have to combine productive seasons while making the Canadian a leading formation in the Bettman circuit.
Suzuki has his work cut out for him, but he's not afraid of the challenge. He has already proven on many levels that he can be the leader of a team.
Similar to Barkov
When he learned the news, defender Michael Matheson felt like he was reliving Groundhog Day.
In 2018, when he was playing with the Florida Panthers, the Montrealer attended the appointment of Aleksander Barkov as captain.
At that time, the Finn had obtained the title at the age of 23 like Suzuki. Like the Canadiens forward, he had learned a lot about the basics of this job with the Panthers veterans in previous seasons.
“Both were appointed at a young age. They are two special guys, explained Matheson. These are two guys who had been established in the league for a few years when they were named.
“Both guards have the maturity to do this job. That was the case for Barkov and that's what I've seen of Nick since I arrived.
'It's going to take a little while for Nick to find his bearings in this role- there especially because he plays in Montreal. It's a little different. From what I know of Nick, he is ready for this role.'
The youngest captains in NHL history
- Brian Bellows, Minnesota North Stars: 19 years and 131 days
- Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers: 19 years and 266 days
- Gabriel Landeskog , Colorado Avalanche: 19 years and 286 days
- Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins: 19 years and 297 days
- Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning: 19 years and 315 days< /li>
- Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks: 20 years and 80 days
- Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings: 21 years and 151 days
- Jim Schoenfeld, Sabers Buffalo: 21 years and 362 days
- Nico Hischier, New Jersey Devils: 22 years and 47 days