5: Jordan Staal
Jordan Staal is currently in his first full season as team captain. Having previously served as team co-captain along Justin Faulk in the 2017-2018 season. As well as serving as an alternate captain for every season since being acquired from the Penguins, where he also was an alternate captain.
Staal has been a staple of the Hurricanes organization since his arrival in 2012 and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere any time soon. He was a vital part in the success and deep playoff run of the 2018-2019 team.
Jordan could end up with his brother Eric in the upper echelons of Hurricanes lore one day. He definitely has the experience and skill on the ice. He’s even hoisted the Stanley Cup. He also carries himself and behaves the way a captain should off the ice. He’s built a strong connection with the fans over his many seasons with the Hurricanes.
But he is only in his first season as sole team captain. Given, he knows what it takes to be a captain. But now the responsibility rests solely on his shoulders. He has what it takes, but we’ll have to let the next few seasons play out to truly see where he ends up. That’s why I have him in the middle of the list.
Onto the innovator of the much loved Storm Surge.