Without much in the way of training camp battles to keep an eye on or preseason games to watch, the Oilers coaching staff decided this afternoon to give the fans something to talk about by changing the men who will don an "A" as the team's alternate captains this season.

For those keeping score at home this means Shawn Horcoff will still be the captain and that Ales Hemsky and Ryan Whitney will no longer wear a letter.

Generally speaking I think too much emphasis is put on who the captains of a team are. The Oilers wouldn't have been a better team last season with different captains. They don't make in game decisions and the certainly don't decide who the team puts on the roster. But I do think these changes are at least a little interesting.

Let's start with Nick Schultz. My first reaction was that Justin Schultz had been selected which would have easily been the most Oilers thing ever and gives you an idea of my faith with this organization. That would have been a terrible idea but but Nick Schultz, who came to the Oilers at the trade deadline last season, has only played in 20 games with the Oilers so it still comes as a bit of a surprise.