Photo by Steven Christy
Todd Nelson, and the rest of the Oklahoma City Barons, announced today that Anton Lander has been named the team captain for the 2013-2014 season. My own take on team captaincy excluded, this is a great honor for young Anton. Having played heavy minutes both in OKC and in Edmonton, he’s a nice bridge in the gap between minor and major league play.
The centerman, currently playing on a top line with Linus Omark where he’s just under a point per game, has seen his share of NHL time in 67 games with the Oilers. He’s young, only in his third full year of pro play, and that’s a good thing. Whom better to lead a team than a guy who closely resembles his youthful peers.
Alternates will be Derek Nesbitt, Ben Eager, Taylor Fedun, and Matthew Ford.
Interestingly enough, Fedun and Eager have landed in Edmonton, at least for a quick spell, and there’s a chance that Lander could see minutes in the NHL in the not-so-far-away future. Imagine if all three land there at one time, a scenario that could play out when the Oilers enter their typical ouch-ridden Novembers. (Hall out four weeks, Smyth out a week with groin, injuries already accumulating).
Congrats to Anton!