Thread: Speculation: #1C no longer a top priority?
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03-28-2012, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by slip View Post
The rule which states you need a bona-fide #1 to win it all, a Gezlaf, a Crosby, a Towes, a Malkin, a Staal, a Lecavalier, etc.
Those centers are not all on the same level. There is a decent variance between them. You forgot Datsyuk btw and Vinny doesn't belong since he won pre-lockout. I would also like to point out that every one of those centers was drafted by their team and developed from within. So how exactly are we going to trade for one? One thats already established themselves that is.

Also what you define as a bonafide #1 is not the same as others. No one considered Toews a stud #1 center until AFTER they won the Cup. Same goes for Getzlaf. The top two centers on the Ducks that year were Andy McDonald (offensively) and Pahlson (getting big minutes as a shutdown center).

At the end of the day you need a good #1 center and depth behind him. Because none of those centers, regardless of skill level, carried their teams to the Cup. Their teams were strong up the middle.

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