The Edmonton Oilers have left no doubt as to whose team this is, as they have officially named Connor McDavid their captain for the 2016-17 season, and in the process made him the youngest captain in team history.
The No. 1 pick in 2015, McDavid, who is 19 years and 266 days old, edges Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog, who was 20 days older when he received the honor in 2012.
McDavid was also captain of the OHL's Erie Otters and Team North America at this fall's World Cup.
The Edmonton Oilers have named teen superstar McDavid their captain.
McLellan said he sees similarities between McDavid and Crosby, who took over the Penguins captaincy following his second National Hockey League season, leading Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup final in the year that followed.
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Additionally, the Oilers named forwards Milan Lucic, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as alternates.
"He's mature beyond his years", says head coach Todd McLellan. Landeskog inherited that honour from Crosby, who had been 11 days older when Pittsburgh put the C on jersey No. 87. "He takes care of his teammates in front of and with the media".
Though he missed nearly half of last season, McDavid performed on a level not seen from an 18-year-old since Crosby. "He's not jumping around in the locker room with pompoms", McLellan said.
"He was the leader on the ice by the end of the season", Hall said at the end of last season, one of the first clues that McDavid had been accepted as Alpha dog among the Oilers players. "He leads by example".
The Oilers made more changes in the off-season, acquiring help on defence in 23-year-old Adam Larsson as well as Lucic, a six-foot-three, 233-pound bruiser likely to play on McDavid's wing.