NHL Rumors: 3 Captain Candidates for the Winnipeg Jets

Friday started off as a quiet day for the NHL, but boy did the Winnipeg Jets change that. The club announced that they will not have a captain for the 2022-23 season, thus stripping Blake Wheeler of the 'C'. Winnipeg's leadership was due for a shakeup, and now they are getting just that. Let's look at three candidates who could become the club's next captain (in no particular order).

Kyle Connor: In what was a disastrous 2021-22 season for the Jets, Kyle Connor was a rare bright spot. The 25-year-old led the Jets in all three major scoring categories by setting new career-highs with 47 goals, 46 assists, and 93 points in 79 games. He was the club's MVP by a country mile this past campaign, so naturally, all eyes will be on him as a potential captain candidate. 

Josh Morrissey: Josh Morrisey is an extremely important part of Winnipeg's blue line and has been an alternate captain since the 2019-20 season because of it. As a result, I wouldn't rule him out as a captain candidate. 

Mark Scheifele: Could Mark Scheifele become the Jets' next captain after an offseason of trade rumors? I'd say maybe. It could be exactly what leads the 29-year-old to re-sign with the Jets once his contract expires after the 2023-24 season after all. Although things got rocky between him and the team, he is optimistic about the changes being made, so let's see if the team's best center can get the 'C.'

Adam Lowry could also be in the running. Although he does not make as much of an impact offensively as the three players above, his heart-and-soul style of play could make him a great leader.

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