In the NHL, it's extremely beneficial for teams to have a two-way center on the ice. These skilled athletes not only dominate the puck offensively, but posses the ability to shut down their opponents.
The Frank J. Selke Trophy is awarded to the forward who demonstrates the most skill on defense during the season, and coincidentally, centers have won the award for eight consecutive years.
This current list is primarily based on several stats which would encompass the best two-way players in the league. The stats being hits, blocks, takeaways, faceoff win percentage and plus/minus (via ESPN and NHL) on games played through Tuesday.
Now we all know numbers do not lie, but many players have the ability to shut down their opposition without racking up stats. Therefore, a hint of personal opinion was taken into consideration when forming this list.
So without further ado, here are the top 10 shutdown centers in the NHL.