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07-27-2011, 07:16 PM
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List of NHL's top 25 centers(stole this from the Kings forum)

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puc...urn=nhl-wp9636

25. John Tavares, New York Islanders
24. Dave Bolland, Chicago Blackhawks
23. Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens
22. Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche
21. David Backes, St. Louis Blues
20. Jordan Staal, Pittsburgh Penguins
19. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
18. Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
17. Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild
16. Jeff Carter, Columbus Blue Jackets
15. Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals
14. Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings
13. Brad Richards, New York Rangers
12. Mike Richards, Los Angeles Kings
11. Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning
10. Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks
9. Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks
8. Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes
7. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
6. Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
5. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
4. Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
3. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
2. Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

In all honesty I don't think they did that great, I see Kopitar in the top 15, Lecavalier in 16 and back, and not being a homer but I see Plekanec higher.

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As much as I love Jordan Staal, he's not ahead of Plekanec.

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As much as I love Jordan Staal, he's not ahead of Plekanec.
i agree, imo he's beter than bergeron too(as much as i like him).... I think Lecavalier, Richards, Richards and Backes are overrated and Kopitar is underrated

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Positions are debatable. Not sure I'd put Toews 3rd, or Vinny 11th, but thet got the names right.

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Dave Bolland? What? No Giroux or Briere ahead of him?

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07-27-2011, 07:54 PM
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Confused about Staal and Bolland being on the list ...
I think Kopitar should be higher, and Getzlaf is better than Gino

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07-27-2011, 07:55 PM
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Puck Daddy has done this for wingers already too.

For LWs (which they even say is the weakest position), we get two players in the top 25 (Cole and Cammalleri), and one HM (Kostitsyn)

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Tavares won't be 25th for long.

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07-27-2011, 07:59 PM
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Vinny isn't 11th anymore, that's way too high. Still good and may still bounce back but zero reason to be 11th.

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07-27-2011, 08:18 PM
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So Dave Bolland is a No. 1 center? Riiiiight.

1. Crosby
2. Datsyuk
3. Toews
4. Malkin
5. Zetterberg
6. H. Sedin
7. Stamkos
8. Joe Thornton
9. Kesler
10. Backstrom
11. Getzlaf
12. Kopitar
13. Staal
14. Giroux
15. Mikko Koivu
16. B. Richards
17. Stasny
18. M. Richards
19. Plekanec
20. Spezza
21. Carter
22. Tavares
23. Duchene
24. Bergeron
25. Lecavalier

That's my list. Probably forgot someone.

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07-27-2011, 08:53 PM
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its not a bad list... I'd have pleks over jordan staal though... and maybe even lecavalier at this point.

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07-27-2011, 09:17 PM
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Bolland doesn't deserve to be on that list...
Kopitar should be around #10...
Giroux should be there...
Lecavalier is too high...
Glad they have Datsyuk so high as I really like him

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07-27-2011, 09:28 PM
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Bolland doesn't deserve to be on that list...
Kopitar should be around #10...
Giroux should be there...
Lecavalier is too high...
Glad they have Datsyuk so high as I really like him
You can make a case for bolland when you see his playoff numbers. He's got 34 points in 43 playoff games with one cup at 25 years of age, but you dont measure this guy entirely by points either. He's so much more.

I still remember when the hawks were down 3-0 to the canucks, and bolland comes back from PCS to play in game 4, and knocks a sedin down during the first shift. He scored a couple goals in that game, and all of sudden, the hawks went from down 3-0 in the series, to one goal away from advancing to the 2nd round. There's no doubt in my mind that the hawks advanced had bolland got in the lineup earlier than game 4.... that's how important he is to that team.

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You can make a case for bolland when you see his playoff numbers. He's got 34 points in 43 playoff games with one cup at 25 years of age, but you dont measure this guy entirely by points either. He's so much more.

I still remember when the hawks were down 3-0 to the canucks, and bolland comes back from PCS to play in game 4, and knocks a sedin down during the first shift. He scored a couple goals in that game, and all of sudden, the hawks went from down 3-0 in the series, to one goal away from advancing to the 2nd round. There's no doubt in my mind that the hawks advanced had bolland got in the lineup earlier than game 4.... that's how important he is to that team.
Definitely with you that Bolland was the catalyst to the Chi (almost) comeback this year, and he was dynamite in the playoffs the year before, but I don't think he should truly be considered on this list. Probably belongs somewhere between 30-45.

In addition to some of the omissions mentioned upthread, I think a guy like Krejci merits some consideration, as well as Logan Couture. Small sample size, but he really impressed me in the playoffs when I got a chance to see him play consistently.

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I would put Staal behind Plek as well.

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Pleks before M. Richards? Before Bergeron? Koivu before Stasny? I guess you can make a case of two way game > point productivity... but I'm surprised.

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Pleks before M. Richards? Before Bergeron? Koivu before Stasny? I guess you can make a case of two way game > point productivity... but I'm surprised.
Mikko outscored Stastny last year while being a billion times better defensively.

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and Getzlaf is better than Gino
lol wut

Malkin is getting so ridiculously underrated after a couple of injury plagued seasons.

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No Spezza? Come on...

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And where is Halpern?

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Staal and Backes shouldn't be ahead of Pleks but that's my opinion, Giroux and Spezza should be there, Spezza isn't there because of the Sens having a terrible year, really isn't his fault. Also Tavares will be a top 15 by the end of the year

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The ranking are a bit of a populor contest but in general, you will see the same name over and over in the top 10. After that, it's a toss here and there. bcv has a good list imo and better then the one in the article.

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David Krejci is missing from that list.

Mikhail Grabovsky is an honourable mention. He's better than some of the players on the original list.

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25. John Tavares, New York Islanders
24. Dave Bolland, Chicago Blackhawks
23. Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens
22. Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche
21. David Backes, St. Louis Blues
20. Jordan Staal, Pittsburgh Penguins
19. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
18. Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
17. Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild
16. Jeff Carter, Columbus Blue Jackets
15. Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals
14. Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings
13. Brad Richards, New York Rangers
12. Mike Richards, Los Angeles Kings
11. Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning
10. Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks
9. Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks
8. Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes
7. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
6. Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
5. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
4. Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
3. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
2. Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

In all honesty I don't think they did that great, I see Kopitar in the top 15, Lecavalier in 16 and back, and not being a homer but I see Plekanec higher.
lol weird how the most "misplaced" centers are theirs.
There is no way Mike Richards is top 15(12th), there is no way Kopitar is not top 10(19th).

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Past 10 is basically a crapshoot.

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