Just a season ago, Gabriel Landeskog was a rookie trying to fit in.
Now, he's the youngest captain in NHL history and hoping to help the Colorado Avalanche snap a two-season playoff drought. The talented forward is following in some pretty big footsteps of Avalanche leaders before him, names like Joe Sakic, Adam Foote and current teammate Milan Hejduk.
But he's not too worried about that because, ''all I can be is Gabe,'' he said.
Given the length of the lockout, Landeskog had extra time to prepare for his new responsibilities. Only, he really didn't do anything special. There were no leadership classes or seminars on how to manage people.
No, he realizes the only way his teammates will follow him is if he keeps working hard and scoring goals.