Who Could Be The Florida Panthers Next Captain

Source: babybeddingotown.comThe Florida Panthers open the 2011-2012 season this coming Saturday, against the New York Islanders. Sometime in the next few days one player will be named as Captain of the club. There are 3 players who have a good chance being named Captain, Ed Jovanovski, Stephen Weiss, and Brian Campbell.  Florida Panthers fans are anxious to see who will it be. Panthers fans are pretty divided on the issue though. On Twitter, I asked Panthers fans as to why they wanted Jovo, Weiss, and/or Campbell as captain, these are the responses

  • Ed Jovanovski- Brings NHL experience since 1995 and started his career as a Florida Panther. He has the right leadership skills.  He would probably be excited  to  be captain of  first original team.
  • Stephen Weiss-  Has been with the Florida Panthers since 2001 and  wants to be here when the team is successful. Also he has quietly shown leadership skills which is something the team needs. He’s made some great contributions to the team, whether it be scoring a goal, assisting on a goal, or blocking a shot.  He has a  personality on and off the ice.
  •  Brian Campbell- He knows the game. He’s won a Stanley Cup and has a lot of playoff experience.  He’s one of the most respected players in the league.  His ability to control the game on the ice with his leadership and skill will be something the other players can feed off of.
Amongst these 3 players that the fans seem to think could become the next Captain of the Florida Panthers, the one player that I think should be chosen for the role would have to be Stephen Weiss. Not only has he been on the team for 10 years, but he has shown some “captain” in him, particularly last season when our former Captain Bryan McCabe was traded.  The team needed a leader and I feel that Weiss stepped up to the task. In previous years, the Panthers have always seemed to have played better when Weiss was in the lineup, rather than when he was not in the lineup.  For these reasons I personally believe that he should get the honor.


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