BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Head coach Ralph Krueger announced his alternate captains for the 2019-2020 season. Both are new to having the designation, and one is new to the Sabres' roster.
25-year old defenseman Jake McCabe has been a mainstay on the Sabres' roster for four seasons, but the last two have been hampered with injuries.
The newly signed 28-year old forward Marcus Johansson serves as a veteran presence in what's still a fairly young locker room. But just because they received A's doesn't mean they're the only leaders.
"Our room is filled with leaders and people that will be helping us lead," Krueger said. "I have to say that whether it's Kyle Okposo, Zach Bogosian, Carter Hutton, or a younger player like Sam Reinhart, everybody has been showing signs of leadership."
The return of Jack Eichel as captain and addition of two new alternate captains leaves Kyle Okposo's jersey blank; he had been an alternate captain for the Sabres since the 2017-18 season.
"Nobody was upset, they were open honest discussions. The only thing I can say is continue doing what you're doing and continue leading the way you are."
The Sabres open their season in Pittsburgh against the Penguins on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.