Ferraro was confirmed as the team favorite today: Bob Boughner announced Ferraro as the new alternate captain this afternoon. Ferraro replaces Patrick Marleau and will join Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns, and Tomas Hertl with the “A”. Logan Couture will start his third year as San Jose Sharks captain.
What makes Ferraro’s accomplishment especially impressive is his age. The 23-year-old is entering just his third NHL season. But last year was a breakout campaign for the 2017 Sharks second-round pick: He was one of just 11 23-or-younger defenseman to average over 22 minutes a night, joining the likes of Cale Makar and Miro Heiskanen, to name a couple.
The impending RFA is clearly a big piece of the San Jose Sharks’ future.
“Mario is that connector between [the young guys and the old guys],” Boughner shared. “For a young team, you need a leader like Mario where the young guys feel comfortable going to him with things. It’s just a perfect choice.”
Boughner’s choice might be a surprise because of Ferraro’s age, but it’s not really, if you consider Ferraro’s track record for leadership, going back to his draft year in the USHL with the “Any Boys” of the Des Moines Buccaneers.
“San Jose stole him in the second round,” Bucs head coach Dave Allison declared. “This is a guy who’s going to turn your franchise around.”
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