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Brad Marchand shares criticism for several teams “setting players up for failure”



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With the NHL season about to get underway, several teams have announced their young studs as captains going into the 2022-23 season.


The Boston Bruins winger has shared his harsh opinion on teams giving the captaincy to young kids.


Brad Marchand said, "It's almost unfair to be giving these young kids the captaincy at 20, 21, 22, because they don't have any idea what it's like to be a real captain in the NHL, you're setting a kid up for failure by doing that".



For once, I somewhat agree with Marchand on his argument that teams are naming players captain too early in their careers.


Marchand is clearly referring to the Montreal Canadiens naming Nick Suzuki, 23, as their captain for the upcoming season.


Now Suzuki clearly has some talent, there's no question there. The centerman put up 21 goals and 61 points in 82 games with the Canadiens last season.


He could also be referring to the Ottawa Senators naming Brady Tkachuk as captain at 22-years-old during last season.


On the other hand, some players are naturally born leaders, but it's best that a player leads a team when they have a fair share of NHL experience.





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