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Ranking Teams By Their Center Strength

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

We looked at the presumptive top-four centers on each team—with the understanding that some players will move in and out of the position—to see which club will dress the most impactful group of pivots in the coming season.


There's no 1-2 punch with less experience than Barkov and Bjugstad, and while on-the-job training is critical to the process of developing, it's going to make for some long nights. Putting his contact aside, Bolland's experience and leadership make him a valuable presence in a depth role, especially with those two kids looking for guidance along the way.



That breakthrough season (33-30-63) was nice, but more will be expected of Johansen in 2014-15. His physical tools and supporting cast should help him approach a point-per-game. The Jackets were a top-10 face-off team with this current group, so possession won't be an issue. Dubinsky, Anisimov and Letestu combined for a solid 50 goals and 123 points. Not bad, but there's room for improvement.

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DocF's avatar

Well now, Mr. Muir thinks much more highly of the Staal brothers than I do.  I’ve watched them play and I have been less than impressed.  I have thought that Eric was much less than the sum of his parts for several years and his younger brother has fallen in to the same vein.  I see Carolina mired as a non-playoff team for a long time unless someone can light a fire under those guys.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 07/09/14 at 08:19 PM ET

Dakkster's avatar

That article has an embarrassing amount of wingers erroneously listed as centers. Ignorant writer.

Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 07/09/14 at 09:12 PM ET

Jaromir Blogger's avatar

If they had counted Zetterberg as a center, the Wings would have been in a very different slot.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 07/10/14 at 05:24 AM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

Besides the number of guys listed as centres who actually play wing, the article also has a few genuine headscratchers.

For me, Arizona at #19 jumped out as particularly strange.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 07/10/14 at 09:03 AM ET

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