Top 10 Centers in the NHL

Dobber Sports

2013-03-13

 

Top 10 C - USA Today

 

Sidney Crosby has separated himself from the pack once again, but who is right behind him at number two? Does Henrik Sedin crack the top 10 for the fourth consecutive season? How about Eric Staal?

Read on to find out…


I have a few general rules when it comes to building a team in a fantasy hockey keeper league. One of the more important ones is to not plan beyond a two or three year window. You are not building a real NHL club, and too often I see poolies place too much emphasis on youth and prospects instead of trying to add players who could help win now.


Using this rule, take a look at your team(s). Can you realistically say you will have a shot at winning the league at some point within the next two or three seasons? If not, time to scrap the rebuild and start adding proven NHL talent.

 

Keeping that window in mind, I have compiled a list of the top 10 keeper league centers to own (assuming standard keeper league rules and scoring categories). Using the scope, the long-term upside of these players is balanced with their NHL readiness.

 

 

This list is in order, which means that I wouldn't trade the fourth player straight across for the fifth player, and so on. I was asked to clarify by what "standard categories" means, so here is the league format that I am basing my selections on:

 

  • 12 to 15 teams
  • Start 4 C, 4 LW, 4 RW, 6 D, 2 G (5 Bench)
  • G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, GWG, HITS, SOG
 

I put an emphasis on offensive categories. They are harder to find in the draft – it is much easier to scoop up a PIM/HITS type of player on the waiver wire (Matt Martin, Derek Dorsett) than it is to get a p