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To round it out, Colton is one of the more underrated centres in the league and should only continue to get better.
That said, during his last season in the NHL in —21, he was still a very solid second line centre. Add in Coyle who can return to a more sheltered role on the third line and the Bruins look to have one of the better centre groups in the NHL once again with the return of Krejci. This group is obviously led by Zibanejad, who has developed into an all-star, point-per-game centre in New York. Trochek meanwhile comes in and should offer similar value to the departing Ryan Strome as a very good second line option.
Chytil is the wild card here. Eriksson Ek meanwhile is extremely underrated as a top-end defensive centreman and is still just 25 years old. This ranking completely hinges on how Jack Eichel looks this season. Once considered a franchise centre, Eichel has fallen off over the last two seasons due to poor health.
The Golden Knights also have two underrated centres in Stephenson and Karlsson. Karlsson meanwhile has seen his point totals decline in recent seasons, but he still offers strong two-way play. Together the duo plus Eichel gives Vegas a formidable group of centres. T Compher , Darren Helm.
MacKinnon is a top-five player in the world and one of the most dynamic players in the NHL. The issue is the depth after him. Both Newhook and Compher have upside, however neither has ever posted over 40 points or played extended time in the number two centre role. In terms of future potential, arguably no group in the NHL rivals the Devils.
In Hughes and Hischier the Devils have a duo that has the potential to be among the best in the league for the next decade. If last year was a sign, they may both be ready to break out this season. Hughes posted 56 points in 49 games last year, a point pace across a full season. Hischier meanwhile, came in at 60 points while posting some nice defensive numbers. Round it out with the newly acquired and dependable veteran Haula and the Devils are set down the middle with plenty of room to grow.
Beyond him it gets iffy real quick. The big question mark here is Kotkaniemi. If he can finally find that next level the Hurricanes could be bumped up the list. The huge bounce-back season from Kuznetsov in —22 also helps the Capitals ranking. Kuznetsov went from 29 points in 41 games in —21 to 78 points in 79 games last year. Add in a dependable veteran in Eller and the Capitals boast a well rounded group at centre despite no elite option. Determining which Barzal will show up in —23 made ranking the Islanders on this list so tough.
Barzal has the potential and has shown in the past he can be an elite first line centre, but unfortunately he struggled quite a bit last season. If Barzal can reach his superstar potential this year, the Islanders would be underrated at Past Barzal, the Islanders have the dependable and perhaps underrated Nelson, as well as a couple defensive specialists in Pageau and Cizikas. The Islanders boast a solid group of four, but with Barzal a question mark they lack a true number one right now.
The Sharks may have one of the worst rosters in the NHL, but their centre depth is still their best asset. Both Adam Henrique and blue-chip rookie Mason McTavish are slated to play the wing this year which drops the Ducks ranking a bit. Regardless the duo of Zegras and the newly signed Strome is better duo than a lot of teams can offer.
Zegras is a budding star who could take the next step to superstardom this season after posting 61 points as a rookie in — His ceiling is sky high. Strome meanwhile, was a great veteran pickup who can chip in offensively and gives the Ducks a solid one-two punch. Unfortunately the depth drops off in a big way as both Lundestrom and Groulx are replacement level players which hurts their ranking.
The L. Kings have an interesting mix at centre. Kopitar is a former superstar who at 35 years old still has a solid two-way game but is far past his prime. Danualt is a defensive specialist who showed some offence last season as he posted a career-high 51 points. Lastly, Byfield has massive potential but has yet to show much of it at the NHL level to date as he managed only 10 points in 40 games last year.
If he can take another step this season towards his ceiling the Kings could have a scary trio down the middle that would match up well with most teams. The Ottawa Senators boasts some of the best upside down the middle of any team in the league, but none of their young trio have reached their full potential just yet. Josh Norris was the best of the bunch last season, posting 55 points in 66 games in his sophomore season although his defensive game struggled.
Similarly, year-old Stutzle posted a very solid 58 points in 79 games in his sophomore season. Expect his point totals to sky rocket this season as he continues to develop. Two top four picks in Beniers and Wright give this group a ton of potential.
For now though they rank in the bottom half of the league as the duo has a combined 10 NHL games. Beniers was tremendous in his short NHL stint last year, posting 12 points in 10 games. Expect him to continue that production this season. Fellow top draft pick Wright was gifted to the Kraken and as mentioned he carries huge upside. Gourde is an underrated two-way centre who can carry the load defensively in this group. Overall the Kraken are set down the middle for the considerable future and should only rise on this list with each passing season.
With the addition of Copp in free agency the Red Wings finally have some centre depth behind captain Larkin. Copp put up a career-high 53 points in —22 while also posting some solid defensive numbers. His addition is a huge boost to the Red Wings depth down the middle. Larkin meanwhile, had one of the best seasons of his career last year posting 69 points in 71 games after a down year the season prior.
If he can continue his —22 form the Red Wings finally have a solid one-two punch at centre. Rasmussen has failed to live up to his draft pedigree, but at 23 years old he at least carries some upside if he can figure it out.
Hintz is an under-the-radar superstar who only continues to get better each season. After that though the talent drops off quick. Benn is far from the player he once and is would be a bottom-six option on a better team. Faksa and Peterson meanwhile are both replacement level players. Hayes puts up respectable points for a second line centre, but his defensive impacts are downright dreadful which limits his value. On the surface Johansen and Granlund seem like a solid duo as they posted 63 and 64 points respectively last season.
The issue is their underlying metrics are below-average at both ends of the ice and certainly not those of top-six centres. Odds are both regress after their outlier seasons in —22 which leaves the Predators with no true top line centre on the roster but instead two average top-six ones. Suzuki is the main piece here, and despite his down year under Dominque Ducharme in —22, he looked much better under Marty St. Louis and should be a legitimate number one centre for Montreal.
Dvorak and Monahan both have talent but neither has posted great results in recent years. Lots of upside, not a lot of results is what would best describe this group. Mittselstadt was drafted with plenty of potential, but at 23 years old with a career-high of 25 points posted three years ago, the odds of him reaching his potential are slim to none. Cozens looks like a good bet to develop into a legit top-six centre after a solid rookie season in —22 but that could still be a year or two away.
When you have the chance to go from being centred by Elias Lindholm to this group of centres, you just have to say yes right? Sillinger is the most interesting of the bunch as he comes with tremendous upside. The tank is on in Chicago. Hayton is the only one with real upside here, however at 22 years old and entering his fourth season with the franchise, time may be running out for him to live up to his draft pedigree.
Smith and McBain are young players but neither have more than bottom-six upside at best. Bjugstad is nothing more than a fourth line option at this point of his career. All aboard the tank. In order to be a truly competitive team in the NHL you need talent and depth down the middle of the ice. With the addition of Kadri, the Flames now boast one of the best centre groups in the NHL which should make them a matchup nightmare for many teams come the playoffs.
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