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11-02-2012, 12:22 PM
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#1 - Cover the slot in the D zone. So important. When the defensemen are tied up with guys in the corner and/or there's a second guy in the slot, the center HAS to come back and get them.

#2 - Win faceoffs...this is underrated in rec league. Sets the tone for the entire shift and starts the momentum one way or the other.

#3 - Be able to skate. Typically they are the first forward on the backcheck but still have to join the rush up the ice, so being able to skate well and be in shape is key.

#4 - Good vision and passing ability. Centers often start the rush or make breakout passes from the high slot, and since they have wingers on either side most of the time, they've got to have the ability to see what's going on and set up their teammates.

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