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Devils’ Hischier Becomes Youngest Active Captain in NHL

The New Jersey Devils have named star centre and former First-Overall draft pick Nico Hischier as Captain

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New Jersey Devils star Nico Hischier is now sporting a “New Jersey”, although he remains on the same team. The cool thing about this one is that it has a ‘C’ over the heart, as Hischier becomes the first Devils captain since Andy Greene was dealt to the New York Islanders prior to last year’s trade deadline.

This also makes Hischier the youngest active Captain in the NHL, taking the mantle from Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers.

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While he’s young, Hischier seems like the obvious choice for the Devils organization. A team that seems to be focused on younger players and getting better over time, he’s primed to wear the “C” for years to come. The club has never waivered on their intent to build around the young man and this move simply solidifies that belief.

Hischier was the first-overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft- the only Swiss player ever to receive that honour. Not including the game that’s currently under-way, Hischier has played 209 games in the NHL, recording 51 goals and 135 points.

NHL Has Been Busy Naming Captains

The Devils are the fifth team to name a new Captain this year. Most recently, the Vegas Golden Knights chose Mark Stone to represent the team. The others were Patrice Bergeron for the Boston Bruins, Dylan Larkin for the Detroit Red Wings, and Jared Spurgeon for the Minnesota Wild.

As this is being written, Hischier is currently playing in his season debut. He missed the first part of the season with a lower-body injury sustained in the off-season.

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