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From the Branches: Who is captain of Team Acne?

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Speculation is, Connor McDavid. We'll see what Auston Matthews thinks about that.

2/3rds of an All-American line?
2/3rds of an All-American line?
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It's hard not to like Team Acne, especially after rumors like this are floated around:

McDavid in running to captain Oilers and Team North America | Toronto Sun
"The captain of the Oilers? We’ll figure that out at training camp," said McLellan. "The captain at the World Cup? We’ll find out this week."

Why not Aaron Ekblad, though? He's also up for consideration as captain of the Panthers this season. But anyway. What do you think the Team Fake ID lines are going to look like? I keep being unfaithful to Team Czech by daydreaming about it. Here, you can play too:

Goal:
Matt Murray
Connor Hellebuyck
John Gibson

D:
Aaron Ekblad
Seth Jones
Ryan Murray
Morgan Rielly
Shayne Gostisbehere
Colton Parayko
Jacob Trouba

F:
Sean Couturier
Jack Eichel
Johnny Gaudreau
Dylan Larkin
Nathan MacKinnon
Connor McDavid
JT Miller
Sean Monahan
Brandon Saad
Jonathan Drouin
Auston Matthews
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Mark Scheifele

Think they'll have an "America Heck Yeah" line of Larkin-Eichel-Matthews? I want that, even if it means Matthews plays wing.

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Booooooo.

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