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Ranking each NHL team’s No. 1 center

You’ve heard the old saying: Goaltending is 50% of hockey, unless you don’t have it ... then it’s 100%. The same can be said about centermen. If you don’t have an elite pivot to dictate play, you’re likely to be chasing the puck all night. We’ve taken a look around the league at each team’s top center and ranked them 1–30, based on the success we predict for them in 2016–17.  By Allan Muir
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Martin-Hanzal-centers-Rocky-Widner.jpg
Victor-Rask-centers-Gregg-Forwerck.jpg
Mikko-Koivu-centers-Bruce-Kluckholn.jpg
Brandon-Dubinsky-centers-Jamie-Sabau.jpg
Kyle-Turris-centers-Andre-Ringuette.jpg
Nazem-Kadri-centers-Dave-Reginek.jpg
Derek-Stepan-centers-Gregory-Shamus.jpg
Henrik-Zetterberg-Dave-Reginek.jpg
Ryan-OReilly-centers-Bill-Wippert.jpg
Alex-Galchenyuk-centers-Francois-Lecasse.jpg
Adam-Henrique-centers-Rocky-Widner.jpg
Paul-Stastny-centers-Rocky-Widner.jpg
Henrik-Sedin-centers-Rocky-Widner.jpg
Ryan-Johansen-centers-John-Russell.jpg
Matt-Duchene-centers-Michael-Martin.jpg
Sean-Monahan-centers-Gerry-Thomas.jpg
Claude-Giroux-centers-Len-Redkoles.jpg
Mark-Scheifele-centers-Jonathan-Kozub.jpg
Ryan-Getzlaf-centers-Victor-Decolongon.jpg
Aleksander-Barkov-centers-Eliot-J-Schechter.jpg
Joe-Thornton-centers-Jamie-Sabau.jpg
Nicklas-Backstrom-centers-Patrick-McDermott.jpg
Steven-Stamkos-centers-Justin-K-Aller.jpg
Connor-McDavid-centers-Jeff-Vinnick.jpg
Tyler-Seguin-centers-Glenn-James.jpg
Patrice-Bergeron-centers-Brian-Babineau.jpg
John-Tavares-centers-Scott-Audette.jpg
Jonathan-Toews-centers-Jeff-Curry.jpg
Anze-Kopitar-centers-Rocky-Widner.jpg
Sidney-Crosby-centers-Don-Smith.jpg
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