NHL 13: Tyler Seguin and Young Centers to Target in 'Be a GM' Mode

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIISeptember 15, 2012

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 31:  Tyler Seguin #19 of the Boston Bruins skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 31, 2012 in Uniondale, New York. The Bruins defeated the Islanders 6-3.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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"Be a GM Mode" is a commitment, and since neither the NHLPA or the NHL seem to be able to agree, the extensive mode on NHL 13 is about as close as any of us will get to NHL hockey for a while.

With a NHL lockout on the horizon, you may as well get the most out of your NHL 13 experience.

I love fantasy drafts and "Be a GM" allows you to do just that as you build your team. There are plenty of decisions to make if you choose to start a team this way. 

Centers are among the most exciting players on a team, and their playmaking skills can make everyone on their line better. If you get a chance to grab a bright, young star at the position, you should do it.

Here is a breakdown of the best picks at the position—if you plan on playing multiple seasons, and an example of them in action on NHL 13. No matter where you fall in the draft order, at least one of these guys should still be available:

Tyler Seguin: 84 overall rating, 20 years old

There are players 25 years and younger that have a higher rating than Tyler Seguin, but at only 20 years old he may have the best future.

He has an excellent balance of strength, speed and accuracy ratings. With Seguin and Brad Marchand playing for Boston, they have two of the youngest stars at center in the NHL.

If you're doing a fantasy draft, Seguin would be an excellent pick.


Jeff Skinner: 84 overall rating, 20 years old

Skinner is almost exactly like Seguin as it relates to his appeal as a NHL 13 building block. They have the same overall rating, and they are both just 20 years old.

I favor Seguin just a tad because he's a little faster, but you couldn't go wrong with either.


Jonathan Toews: 90 overall rating, 24 years old

Despite his concussion issues, his durability rating is an 87. Because he has accomplished so much (2010 Conn Smythe Winner, Stanley Cup Champion) it seems like he's older than 24.

He's one of the most balanced players on NHL 13, and taking him as your first pick in a fantasy draft would be wise.


Claude Giroux: 90 overall rating, 24 years old

He's the cover guy of course, but he's also rated 90 overall and he's only 24 years old. He's one of the best offensive players on the game. He has a 93 rating in passing and offensive awareness.

You can't go wrong with Giroux as a top pick.


Sidney Crosby: 95 overall rating, 25 years old

Crosby is one of the best players on NHL 13, but the major issue is his durability. He has a very low rating in that category with a 75.

He'll be amazing for you when he's on the ice, but he was already been injured twice in five games I played with him.


Steven Stamkos: 91 overall rating, 22 years old

Stamkos is probably the best pure scorer of the group. He has a speed rating of 90, and wrist shot accuracy rated a 94. If you use him correctly he's a blur, and his speed creates opportunities for others.

At 22 he'll give you 10 seasons or more at a high level in your "Be a GM" experience.


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