New Jersey Devils’ center Nico Hischier, 22, named NHL’s youngest captain

By Field Level Media
Feb 16, 2020; Newark, New Jersey, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) looks on during warmups before the start of their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The New Jersey Devils named center Nico Hischier the 12th captain in franchise history on Saturday.

At 22 years and 47 days old, he is the youngest current captain in the NHL and second youngest in Devils history. Kirk Muller was 21 years and 243 days old when he got the “C” on his sweater to start the 1987-88 season.

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The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft, Hischier missed New Jersey’s first 11 games this season with a leg injury.

Hischier made his season debut on Saturday afternoon against the visiting Buffalo Sabres.

Hischier posted 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) in 58 games last season and entered this season with 135 points (51 goals, 84 assists) in 209 games since making his debut in the 2017-18 season opener.

He is the second current Swiss-born captain in the NHL, joining defenseman Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators.

–Field Level Media