The unflagging Sidney Crosby ushered in the decennium by netting Team Canada’s golden OT winner at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Connor McDavid carries the torch into the new decade at supersonic speed. Two generational talents, perfect bookends to venerate the hockey years 2010 to 2019.
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Consistency has to be the most important factor in fantasy hockey, never mind in real-world hockey. And, of course, health is the prime essential toward that goal. Points amassed over the 10-year period – in varied breakdown – act as the evident other.
So, following up on colleague Cam Robinson’s 10 best fantasy hockey wingers of the decade, let’s dive into our countdown of the top 10 centers, more often than not the cornerstones of our fantasy hockey teams:
(statistics as of December 24, 2019)
10. CONNOR MCDAVID
Even if he has suited up for only 327 games in the latter half of the decade, McDavid just had to be included on this list. His 1.33 points-per-game average tops all pivot contenders, followed closely by Crosby’s 1.25 and Malkin’s 1.16. Really, there’s no need to delve into McDavid’s out-of-this-world talent any further, let’s just watch the soon-to-be 23-year-old re-write the record book, as he tears apart the upcoming decade.
9. RYAN GETZLAF
Power is the name of this hombre’s game. A swashbuckling physical force that will run over his opponent when need be, Getzlaf is the oldest player on this list at 34 years old. More of a playmaker than a goal scorer – he has hit the 30-goal mark just once in his career (2013-14) – the all-time Duck recorded six 50-assist seasons in the past decade. Injuries have at times modified his season-ending totals, but not enough to have prevented Getzlaf from registering the fourth-most assists (464 in only 684 outings) of all names on this list.
8. TYLER SEGUIN
Drafted second overall by Boston amid the Taylor (Hall) vs Tyler hype in 2010, Seguin immediately jumped into the NHL and has proven to be as consistent