Every year there is a front-runner but there are usually a few other players to challenge the favourite.
Not this season.
The Rangers’ captain will almost certainly be fifth-year defenceman Ben Fanelli.
He’s the club’s most reliable blueliner and is coming off two seasons in which he played 60-plus games. Fans know his story well and his remarkable comeback from a near career-ending head injury is the stuff you need in a leader.
Looking for potential assistants? Consider these candidates — Ben Thomson, Radek Faksa, Matia Marcantuoni, Curtis Meighan, Eric Ming, Brent Pedersen, Evan McEneny and Max Iafrate.