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11-02-2010, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by hockeyviper87 View Post
Can someone explain to me how a 70 point center with at least above average defensive awareness and skills can be a 1b center?

I don't mean to single you out Jon. I have been seeing this for years on this board and I never understand it. Unlike some posters I know you will come back with an educated response, hence why I asked you.
It's all subjective, really. I consider a true #1 center to be fairly elite when it comes to offensive talent. Like a true #1 d-man, I don't think there are many out there.

They really need to be able to carry a team and a line whenever on the ice. I don't think either Anisimov or Stepan can truly do that at the NHL level. I don't think either of them are truly good enough to be able to truly carry other players around them over the course of a full season. They need others around them.

Crosby, Malkin, Backstrom, etc. can create offense without having to have players around them. I think we'll find that both Stepan and Anisimov need guys around them of higher skill than the aforementioned players in order to be truly utilized well.

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