February 9, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; Philadelphia Flyers left wing Scott Hartnell (19) and Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf (3) fight after Hartnell scored a goal during the 1st period of game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Is Hartnell A Perfect Fit For Captain?

When you ask Flyers fans who they want to see as Captain you get multiple responses. Giroux, Timonen, Briere, maybe Talbot, and that one name that stands out to me, Scott Hartnell. Hartnell is the name I hear the least, but I think is the best option. he brings so much to a team. With his current extension he could score 25 goals a year and provide value. He brings so much to a team and is perfect captain material.

If you watched 24/7 this year you would remember Lavy telling Hartnell how much he liked his game. He hits, scores, and will drop the gloves. It is rare that you see Hartnell not giving it his all on a shift. he doesn’t stop working until the whistle is blown.

Hartnell started the 2011-12 season shaky and didn’t have much of a place on the team. It seemed like Hartnell wasn’t going to work in the Flyers’ plans for the future. He was placed on the first line with Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr to make an effort to save his season. By was that magic. In their first game on a line together on October 24, 2011 Hartnell and Jagr both netted 2 goals in a 4-2 win over the Leafs. Hartnell molded more into the player we all view as a possible captain as the season went on.

Hartnell plays with grit and toughness. Every shift Hartnell is out there digging away for loose pucks and hitting everything that moves, he chirps away at other players and will drop the gloves when needed, he knows how to work with the officials, and the coach loves his game. He is the perfect example of a hard working hockey player. He is the guy you want your entire team going out and playing like every night. He tweeted how much Jagr inspired him to try his hardest every game and practice.

Giroux may do the same, but he is still young and needs more experience. There is no doubt in mind that he will be set for the job eventually, but Hartnell is older and more experienced. After signing a 6 year contract with a NMC it seems he will be in the orange and black for the rest of his career, making him a perfect captain candidate. Captains aren’t all about talent either. Look at Alexander Ovechkin. He was named captain on January 5, 2010. He finished out the season strong, but hasn’t been the same Ovechkin since then. It would be a terrible thing to happen to Claude. It doesn’t appear Hartnell’s numbers would drop, bit even if they did and he kept playing his game I would be happy.

 

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