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Adam Larsson named Alternate Captain

The Edmonton Oilers have solidified their leadership group for the 2017-18 season, naming Adam Larsson an Alternate Captain. In doing so, Larsson has become the first Swede in Oilers history to have a letter on his jersey.

Larsson will join Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Milan Lucic as guys with an “A” while Connor McDavid continues to rock the “C” on his chest. RNH and Lucic were alternates last year along with Jordan Eberle, who was dealt to the New York Islanders over the off-season.

According to Todd McLellan, the three captains and the team’s coaching staff were unanimous in giving Larsson the honour.

When Eberle was dealt, I assumed Leon Draisaitl was going to be given the new “A”, but Larsson certainly isn’t a wrong choice. It also says a lot about what the team and organization feel about the rugged defender.

When the Oilers acquired Larsson in a one-for-one swap for Taylor Hall last summer, it was met with a lot of shock and some disappointment. But it didn’t take long for Larsson to endear himself to the fanbase, and, clearly, the rest of his teammates.

Larsson played in 79 games last season, bringing a calming presence to the Oilers blueline alongside countryman Oscar Klefbom. Then, in the playoffs, he stepped up and looked like a top defender. He plays hard in front of the net and always sticks up for Cam Talbot when opposing players get physical in the crease. It doesn’t seem like much when you’re watching on TV, but stuff like that goes a long way in a dressing room.

Source: Frank Seravalli, Verified Twitter Account, 10/04/17, 11:14 am MST

    • Dan 1919

      What a pickup. And to think, I wouldn’t trade Larsson or Klefbom for that matter for any defensemen on the Flames, who are the self proclaimed top D-core in the NHL.

  • J.R.

    Great move to give him the A. Worth every bit of the Taylor Hall they gave up to get him.

    I was all bummed at first when the trade was announced. 2 games later I was ecstatic.

    • Joy S. Lee

      Funny, isn’t it? I don’t think many of us are feeling the same gloom and doom we initially felt around that trade. I was fine with it at first, but felt we should have gotten more. It’s great that Chiarelli ignores what is obvious on the surface and instead bases his decisions on what’s best for the makeup of the team, period; it bodes well for the long game.

      • Boom76

        I loved that trade instantly! At this exact time in 2010 Larsson was the projected #1 overall selection in the 2011 draft. Now he’s in Oil silks, and we’re gonna slay.

    • Joy S. Lee

      Also, in the video clip, McLellan referred to what a terrific team guy Larsson is. Guys like Nail Yakupov probably wouldn’t say the same thing about Taylor, and that’s important when you are trying to change and rebuild a culture.

  • Joy S. Lee

    He’s on the ice a lot, and it’s always good to have an A or C on the ice. Seems to be more a man of action than words, and that’s never a bad thing, either. The unanimity of the choice among the team and it’s leadership group obviously makes sense, too.

  • Boom76

    I loved that trade instantly! At this exact time in 2010 Larsson was the projected #1 overall selection in the 2011 draft. Now he’s in Oil silks, and we’re gonna slay.

  • Deesh

    Cool I guess, I just don’t understand why the Oilers always have to have three Alternate captains. Why not just have the same two guys every game? Not trashing it, just seems odd…

  • gregolas

    I like Drai, but I don’t feel he is captain material.
    McDavid and Larsson have proved they are here to win and willing to make sacrifices for the team where ever they can.

    I don’t feel that a guy who demands to be paid the same salary as Crosby after one really good season playing mostly on the wing of the best player in the world deserves a leadership position. what kind of message would that send out?

    I’m sure he’s more happy with 8.5 million a year than a having a letter though.