Andrew Ladd began leading the Winnipeg Jets before they even knew that was going to be their name and he hasn't stopped.

New city, new organization, new coach and new everything could have been cause for this club to come unravelled but Ladd stepped up early and hammered a peg into the ground that his teammates cling to for stability.

The 26-year-old two-time Stanley Cup champion has been a rock and kept the centre level when all around was going topsy-turvy.