NHL Captains 2018-19 – How Each Was Acquired

Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler (26) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Minnesota Wild in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, April 15, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King) ORG XMIT: MNAK101

The NHL season begins this week! Let’s take a look at each team’s captains and how they were acquired.

In summary:

  • 17 acquired via draft
  • 3 acquired via free agency
  • 3 acquired via trade
  • 8 currently vacant
TEAM CAPTAIN POS HOW EACH TEAM ACQUIRED CAPTAIN DETAILS
Anaheim Ducks Ryan Getzlaf C Draft (2003) 19th overall pick in 2003 draft
Arizona Coyotes Oliver Ekman-Larsson D Draft (2009) 6th overall pick in 2009 draft
Boston Bruins Zdeno Chara D Free agent (2006) Signed to a five-year, $37.5 million contract on July 1, 2006 after being drafted by the Islanders and also previously playing for the Senators
Buffalo Sabres Vacant
Calgary Flames Mark Giordano D Undrafted free agent (2006) Called up from AHL during 2005-06 season
Carolina Hurricanes Justin Williams RW Free agent (2017) Signed to a two year, $9 million contract in 2017 (previously won Stanley Cup with Kings)
Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews C Draft (2006) 3rd overall pick in 2006 draft
Colorado Avalanche Gabriel Landeskog LW Draft (2011) 2nd overall pick in 2011 draft
Columbus Blue Jackets Nick Foligno LW Trade (2012) Traded in 2012 from Senators for  Marc Methot; was 28th overall pick in 2006 draft
Dallas Stars Jamie Benn LW Draft (2007) 129th overall pick in 2007 draft
Detroit Red Wings Vacant
Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid C Draft (2015) 1st overall pick in 2015 draft
Florida Panthers Aleksander Barkov C Draft (2013) 2nd overall pick in 2013 draft
Los Angeles Kings Anze Kopitar C Draft (2005) 11th overall pick in 2005 draft
Minnesota Wild Mikko Koivu C Draft (2001) 6th overall pick in 2001 draft
Montreal Canadiens Shea Weber LW Trade (2016) Traded in 2016 from Predators for PK Subban (replaces Max Pacioretty)
Nashville Predators Roman Josi D Draft (2008) 38th overall pick in 2008 draft
New Jersey Devils Andy Greene D Undrafted free agent (2006) Called up from AHL during 2006-07 season
New York Islanders Vacant
New York Rangers Vacant
Ottawa Senators Vacant
Philadelphia Flyers Claude Giroux C/RW Draft (2006) 22nd overall pick in 2006 draft
Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby C Draft (2005) 1st overall pick in 2005 draft
San Jose Sharks Joe Pavelski C Draft (2003) 205th overall pick in 2003 draft
St. Louis Blues Alex Pietrangelo D Draft (2008) 4th overall pick in 2008 draft
Tampa Bay Lightning Steven Stamkos C Draft (2008) 1st overall pick in 2008 draft
Toronto Maple Leafs Vacant
Vancouver Canucks Vacant C Draft (1999) 3rd overall pick in 1999 draft
Vegas Golden Knights Vacant
Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin LW Draft (2004) 1st overall pick in 2004 draft
Winnipeg Jets Blake Wheeler Trade (2011) Traded with Mark Stuart by Bruins to the Atlanta Thrashers for Boris Valábik and Rich Peverley; was 5th overall pick in 2004 draft by Coyotes)

Mike is an alum of the University of Cincinnati and the ultimate sports nerd.

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