Sitting in a quiet room in the NHL's office, microphone clipped onto his shirt and the camera parked on the other side of the table recording everything he says, forward Jeff Skinner was asked to state his case for why he should be the Carolina Hurricanes' next captain. He giggled and smiled, but he got skittish. This was hardly an interrogation, simply a preseason interview on a timely topic, but there might have even been a bead of sweat that dripped off Skinner's forehead. "I don't have much," Skinner said, clearly trying to avoid giving some awkward answer. "I guess I'm a bad campaigner. I think we've got a lot of great leaders." He's one of them, and he's a candidate to be named the Hurricanes first captain since Eric Staal was traded to the New York Rangers on Feb. 28, 2016. Coach Bill Peters has said he will name a captain before the season-opener against the Minnesota Wild at PNC Arena on Oct. 7. He said Skinner is under consideration along with a few others, including defenseman Justin Faulk, center Jordan Staal and right wing Justin Williams, who won the Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006 and returned this offseason on a two-year contract. That Skinner is a candidate isn't surprising. He was an alternate captain last season. However, considering Skinner still smiles, laughs and looks like the 18-year-old who stole the show at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C., and the 19-year-old who accepted the Calder Trophy a few months later, it does seem surreal that he's in this position now.
Skinner leading candidate to be Hurricanes' next captain
NHL.com | Sep 22