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10-11-2011, 03:49 PM
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Size down the middle

Hey all,

Quick question...I've always heard that "teams" prefer to have big centers (size down the middle)....why is that?

Isn't better to have bigger winger to crash/bang and battle along the boards?

Any insight is appreciated.

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Hey all,

Quick question...I've always heard that "teams" prefer to have big centers (size down the middle)....why is that?

Isn't better to have bigger winger to crash/bang and battle along the boards?

Any insight is appreciated.

Thanks
A Centre's job is to "get the wingers the puck" as well as to help the defenders in his own end. You rarely see undersized defensman as body position and physical play are huge while in your defensive end. A playmaking centre who is strong enough to handle himself down low is really helpful to defenders.

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In a perfect world my defensemen would be the biggest players because they'd have more reach, are stronger, and more intimidating.

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Hey all,

Quick question...I've always heard that "teams" prefer to have big centers (size down the middle)....why is that?

Isn't better to have bigger winger to crash/bang and battle along the boards?

Any insight is appreciated.

Thanks
There's no one specific way to build a team or line, size brings advantages in terms of reach and winning physical battles, but also disadvantages in terms of speed and coordination. It's nice for a team to have a big center like Getzlaf, Thornton, Kopitar, Kesler, Staal, etc., but smaller centers like Datsyuk, Briere, Ribeiro, Pavelski, etc. can be super effective too. However, people often like big centers because:

a) As mentioned, they play down low/by the net on d, a lot more physical battles down there than there are covering the points like wingers do, so more size is needed for defense

b) Because they play deeper/lower on d, they won't be getting as many breakaway chances anyways, so don't need the speed there like wingers do

c) On offense they're generally play makers, size helps them protect the puck properly, allowing them to stay more patient

d) Also on offense they often play in the slot, in the high traffic areas where you need size, as opposed to wingers who often play more on the perimeter/outside and only quickly dip in towards the net (obviously does not apply to guys like Homstrom, Smyth or even Parise, but still, a lot of wingers are more outside snipers who stay outside, centers almost always have to go to the high traffic areas, they need to draw defenders to them to open up space for the wingers)


With that being said, size can be very useful at any position.

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For professional or competitive high level contact sure, but I don't think it really matters at all for your average beer or adult rec league. Technically the center is going to be playing somewhere down low in front of the net at both ends of the rink so in a physical NHL style league you don't want someone that can be pushed around easily.

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For professional or competitive high level contact sure, but I don't think it really matters at all for your average beer or adult rec league. Technically the center is going to be playing somewhere down low in front of the net at both ends of the rink so in a physical NHL style league you don't want someone that can be pushed around easily.
Obviously this, for sure. In lower level, non contact hockey, skill trumps all by a wide margin, and size is just not that important. My comments were about NHL hockey.

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Yeah our two top scorers last winter and summer were 5'6 and 6'5 respectively. Little guy was fast and liked to crash the net, big guy liked to dangle and had a hard shot.

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