Far from clarifying their leadership situation, the Blue Jackets current six-game win streak has introduced another candidate for the position of team captain.
Nathan Horton has a goal, three assists and is a +1 since January 6; but more importantly, says teammate Ryan Johansen, is what he has added to the dressing room.
“He’s had a huge impact, a ton of leadership,” Johansen said. “He’s one of those guys you look at, and you just want to work for him. He’s a guy who leaves it all on the ice every time he steps over the boards. Speaking for the other guys in here, when you see that, you want to win for him.”
There have been no internal discussions lately regarding the team’s captaincy, though, according to coach Todd Richards. “I think you have to find out what works, and what’s best for your group,” he said. “This is what we feel right now.”
So does Horton have what it takes to be one of the players considered for the “C” once it is handed out?
Although Richards wasn’t asked to handicap the race, he did say Horton has what it takes to be in the running.