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The Daily: Ranking Centers Around the NHL

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The NHL is a league that derives its strengths down the middle and on the blue line. It’s no surprise, then, that Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Kyle Davidson has worked to strengthen those two areas most in the pipeline.

It’s not the case across the NHL, though. The Boston Bruins are seeking out that top line center after years of never having to worry about it. Boston Hockey Now’s Jimmy Murphy writes that it’s a unique problem for the first time in five decades. The Colorado Avalanche have the second best ranked center in the league with Nathan MacKinnon according to the NHL Network. Detroit Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin checked in at #19, but Detroit Hockey Now’s Kevin Allen places him sixth amongst Atlantic Division centers. Florida Panthers’ center Sasha Barkov clocked in at ninth–and Florida Hockey Now couldn’t disagree more.

The Blackhawks don’t have an entry–yet. But they’ll likely in the conversation soon as Connor Bedard, Frank Nazar, and Oliver Moore make their way to the NHL.

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