Who Will Be the Next Steve Yzerman?: Five NHL Players Who’ve Got a Shot

June 30th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
Wanted: NHL Center/Captain/Icon Minimum Qualifications: Must be an excellent offensive player, must lead by example and sacrifice for the good of the team, must be able to commit entire playing career to one organization, must be able to change playing style in order to suit the needs of the team. And must be able to lead team to multiple Stanley Cup championships. Preferred Qualifications: a strong defensive game, fierce competitive streak, ability to make actions speak louder than words, willingness to put entire team on shoulders for extended periods of time. There's not a team in the league that wouldn't want someone in their organization to fill this position. While getting the next Wayne Gretzky or Mario Lemieux is something most teams and fanbases crave, getting the next Steve Yzerman is, in some ways, an even harder task. To find a player with not only the talent, but also the intangible assets of leadership, desire and competitiveness who's willing to dedicate his entire playing career to one organization is something exceedingly rare in all of professional sports. When head coach Jaques Demers made a 22-year-old Yzerman team captain of the Red Wings in 1986, he sa ...

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