Canucks Leadership Vacuum: Who Will Step Up and Be Named Captain?

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As the Vancouver Canucks look to rebound from a difficult 2022-2023 NHL season, one of the biggest questions surrounding the team is who will be named the next captain. After the departure of Bo Horvat, the team is left without a clear-cut leader to wear the “C” on their jersey. There are several players on the Canucks roster who could be in the running for the job, but three names stand out as the most likely candidates: Quinn Hughes, Elias Petterson, and JT Miller.

Elias Petterson

Elias Pettersson is the front-runner in many fans’ minds for the Canucks’ captaincy. The 24-year-old center has been one of the team’s best players since he entered the league in 2018, and he has the potential to be one of the NHL’s elite players for years to come. Pettersson is a skilled and dynamic player who can change the game with his speed, shot, and vision on the ice.

Petterson has shown he’s not afraid to take charge in key moments, and he’s shown that he can handle the pressure of being a top player on a contending team. If the Canucks are looking for a player who can lead by example on the ice and help drive the team’s success, Pettersson would be a strong choice for captain.

Quinn Hughes

Quinn Hughes is one of the most exciting young players in the NHL, and he’s already established himself as one of the Canucks’ top players in just a few seasons. The 23-year-old defenseman is a dynamic skater and a creative offensive force, and he’s already shown that he can lead by example on the ice. Hughes has also been a vocal leader in the locker room, and he’s earned the respect of his teammates with his hard work and dedication.

While Hughes is still relatively young, he’s shown that he has the maturity and poise to handle the responsibility of being the team’s captain. He’s a natural leader, and he has the respect of his teammates and coaches. If the Canucks are looking for a long-term captain who can help guide the team through the ups and downs of the next few seasons, Hughes would be an excellent choice.

Hughes Addressing the Fans April 3rd 2023

JT Miller

JT Miller is the oldest of the three players mentioned, but he’s also one of the most experienced and battle-tested players on the Canucks roster. The 30-year-old forward has played in over 700 NHL games, and he’s been a key player on some of the league’s best teams over the past few years. Miller is a versatile player who can play in any situation and is willing to do whatever it takes to help his team win.

Miller has been a vocal leader in the locker room, and he’s quickly become one of the team’s most controversial players. If the Canucks are looking for a player who can bring a fiery presence to the team, Miller would be an excellent choice for captain.


Ultimately, the decision of who should be the next Canucks captain will come down to a number of factors. The team will need to consider the players’ leadership abilities, on-ice performance, experience, and ability to connect with their teammates. Each of the three players mentioned – Quinn Hughes, Elias Pettersson, and JT Miller – brings their unique strengths to the table, and each would be a strong choice for captain.

Canucks management will need to make a decision that they believe is in the team’s best interests. They may name a captain who they think can help guide the team through a rebuilding period, or they may choose to name a player who they believe can lead the team to a championship. Whatever their decision, it will be an important one that will shape the direction of the franchise for years to come.

It’s worth noting that the role of the captain is not just about what happens on the ice. The captain is also responsible for setting the tone in the locker room, helping to build team chemistry, and acting as a liaison between the players and the coaching staff. This means that the Canucks will need to choose a player who can not only lead on the ice but who can also be a positive influence off the ice.

All three players mentioned – Hughes, Pettersson, and Miller – have shown that they have the potential to be excellent captains for the Canucks. However, it’s important to note that being a captain is a big responsibility, and not every player is cut out for the job. The Canucks will need to carefully consider all of their options before making a decision, and they will need to be confident that they are making the right choice.

At the end of the day, the decision of who should be the next Canucks captain is a difficult one. All three players mentioned – Quinn Hughes, Elias Pettersson, and JT Miller – would be strong choices for the job, and each brings their own unique strengths to the table. Ultimately, the Canucks will need to choose a player who they believe can lead the team both on and off the ice and who can help guide the franchise to success in the years to come. Whatever their decision, it will be an important one that will shape the direction of the team for years to come.

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Jake Hughes

Hello there! I'm Jake Hughes, a passionate sports enthusiast based in vibrant Calgary, Alberta. Despite being in the heart of Flames territory, my loyalty lies with the Canucks, and you'll often find me proudly representing my team wherever I go. Professionally, I wear multiple hats in the sports world. As a co-host of the Hughes Sports Podcast, I dive deep into the world of sports, providing insightful analysis, engaging discussions, and interviews with prominent athletes and industry experts. I love exploring different aspects of sports and sharing my knowledge and opinions with our loyal listeners. In addition to podcasting, I'm also a proud contributor to a leading sports website. Through my articles, I offer a unique perspective on the latest happenings in the sports industry, with a particular focus on the Canucks. From game recaps and player profiles to trade rumors and playoff predictions, I strive to keep readers informed and entertained. Furthermore, I'm excited to announce my contributions to, a premier hockey website known for its comprehensive coverage of the NHL. Through my articles on, I delve into the intricacies of the game, provide in-depth analysis of teams and players, and share my insights on the evolving dynamics of the hockey landscape. It's a privilege to be a part of such a respected platform, and I look forward to connecting with more hockey fans through this exciting opportunity.

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