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1st line center for the next 5 years?

View Poll Results: Choose one center for the next five years.
Jonathan Toews 60 25.42%
Jason Spezza 8 3.39%
Anze Kopitar 36 15.25%
John Tavares 121 51.27%
Nicklas Backstrom 11 4.66%
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05-31-2012, 04:12 AM
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toews is ridiculously overrated on this forum.
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05-31-2012, 04:36 AM
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Toews
Backstrom
Kopitar
Tavares
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05-31-2012, 05:05 AM
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Tavares without any hesitation.

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05-31-2012, 07:20 AM
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Excellent poll, OP. I'm going to try to be as unbiased as I can.

I think Spezza is the best of the bunch currently, but he'll be 33 in 5 years. So not him.
Toews, despite having great defense, doesn't really put up the numbers I'd hope for in a first line center.
Backstrom is a little bit inconsistent, considering he's gone from 80 to 100 to 60 to 80 point pace in the last 4 years. However, if he could be Backstrom that made flawless passes and skated beautifully for 80-90 points consistently, then he's my choice.
But he's not, so it's either Kopitar or Tavares for me. I think I'd give the edge to Kopitar here because he might not have as high of an offensive ceiling as Tavares, but his Defense is fantastic and he's a faster and better skater.

In order:

Kopitar
Tavares
Spezza/Backstrom (both are "ifs"s, with Spezza's age and Backstrom's consistency)
Toews

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05-31-2012, 08:10 AM
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I think it's unfair to have spezza in this poll, he's so much older than the other guys that he's obviously last in the poll - but currently he's the best of all of them.

I'd go:

Toews
Backstrom
Tavares
Kopitar
Spezza

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05-31-2012, 09:17 AM
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Tavares. Anze and Jon are up there as well.

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05-31-2012, 09:30 AM
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Toews
Tavares
Kopitar
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05-31-2012, 09:34 AM
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Toews
Kopitar
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05-31-2012, 11:23 AM
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Tavares
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05-31-2012, 11:27 AM
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Toews
Kopitar
Tavares
Backstrom
Spezza

They're all great players though. I'd take any of them, any day, if Giroux wasn't around.

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05-31-2012, 11:30 AM
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Tavares for me, gave Toews and Kopitar some thought, but ultimately I'd feel most comfortable by far with Tavares. Spezza is on the same level as the rest of these guys at the moment, he's also the oldest and the most injury prone, so I'm definitely not chosing him. I've never been a huge Backstrom fan, felt he was overrated even when he had his 101 point season, the Caps were an offensive powerhouse then and everyone was putting up ridiculous numbers, they were playing run and gun and scoring with ease. I think he's a roughly PPG type, very smart and smooth offensively, but not a guy who can just take over and dominate consistently, more of a subtle impact. A bit better offensively than Kopitar or Toews, but I choose them for their size and unreal defense (Backstrom is good defensively, but not a game changer like Kopitar/Toews), and going forward I see Tavares as significantly more dominant and dangerous offensively than Backstrom.

For the next 5 seasons:
1) Tavares
2/3) Kopitar/Toews
4/5) Spezza/Backstrom

Very small gaps between all of them though, all very close.


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05-31-2012, 12:17 PM
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Toews by a comfortable margin for me.

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05-31-2012, 12:53 PM
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Pick Tavares. Only a matter of time before he gets a ross in a year the usual suspects miss time.

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Tavares
Backstrom
Kopitar
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Very close between Tavares, Toews and Kopitar for me, but went with Tavares.

1a. Tavares
1b. Toews
1c. Kopitar
2. Backstrom
3. Spezza

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Backstrom
Tavares
Kopitar
Toews
Spezza

Backstrom's the 2nd youngest (to Tavares), the 2nd best playmaker (to Spezza), and has the 2nd best two-way game (to Toews). For what my team - the Caps - need, he's the best fit.

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06-01-2012, 01:44 PM
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Kopitar
Toews
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Tavares, didn't even have to think for this one.

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Tavares Easily

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Kopitar
Tavares
Backstrom
Toews
Spezza*

* Only because of age. If he were 5 years younger, swap him and Toews.

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06-01-2012, 05:42 PM
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Tavares
Backstrom
Spezza
Kopitar
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I know I'm an Isles fan, so I'm seen as biased, but I watch all teams in the league and didn't even have to think for this poll...its easily Tavares for me, the only centers in the league I'd even consider taking over him are Crosby and Malkin. Giroux is excellent but Tavares is better IMO.

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ops didn't notice Tavares there till I pressed vote.

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06-01-2012, 09:13 PM
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Toews or Kopitar, went with Toews as he is my favorite non-Ranger.

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06-01-2012, 09:20 PM
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Homer voted the **** out of Toews.

However, I see no problems with picking Tavares over him. Kopitar was a very close 3rd for me.

After that, Backstrom then Spezza.

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