As many of you know by now, the Blues have named David Backes the 20th captain in team history.
This was hardly surprising to fans as we knew that David Backes was being groomed for that role. However, many were surprised of the choices to wear the alternate captain’s ‘A’.
Barret Jackman and Alex Steen were not surprising. Andy McDonald wore an ‘A’ last season at times when players were out with injuries, so he isn’t to much of a surprise. Jamie Langenbrunner however, wasn’t expected.
I was expecting four ‘A’s to be named. Two at home, two on the road, Granted I had expected a group of Jackman, Steen, Jason Arnott, and Alex Pietrangelo to be honest.
Pietrangelo is the future captain of this organization and that’s not a surprise to anyone. He wore an ‘A’ last year, like McDonald, when players were injured and a lot more when Erik Johnson was traded to Colorado.
His exclusion, and Langenbrunner over Arnott are a bit surprising to me. However, not disappointing.
Langenbrunner is known as a leader, a former captain of the New Jersey Devils and he’s been known as a leader for most of his career and he been supportive of the new leadership in St. Louis since signing. He was brought in for leadership and the Blues are showing that by giving him the alternate’s ‘A’.
The reason the Blues carry four ‘A’s is because the size of the leadership group in St. Louis. Lets remember that Jason Arnott and Alex Pietrangelo didn’t get ‘A’s so that shows the size and depth of the leadership core in St. Louis.