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Power Ranking the 10 Most Dynamic Centers in the NHL Today

Tom Urtz Jr.Contributor IApril 5, 2013

Power Ranking the 10 Most Dynamic Centers in the NHL Today

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    The center position is one of the most important positions in hockey, and there is no shortage of dynamic players who can carry the offense for their teams.

    When fans think about dynamic centers, players like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos and Jonathan Toews automatically come to mind.

    They are elite-pivots with tremendous skill, and they make their teammates around them better on the ice.

    Here is a look at the 10 most dynamic centers currently in the NHL.

No. 10 Ryan Getzlaf

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    Ryan Getzlaf is an elite playmaker who has been close to a point-per-game producer his entire career. 

    The Anaheim Ducks' top pivot earned a sizable contract extension this season, and based on his play to date, it is easy to see why management wanted him to stay for the next eight seasons.

    Getzlaf is a dynamic player who uses his size, smarts, hands and his great playmaking abilities to set up wingers like Corey Perry, Teemu Selanne and Bobby Ryan on a consistent basis.

No. 9 Eric Staal

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    Eric Staal is an elite center for the Carolina Hurricanes who has accomplished a lot during his eight-year NHL career.

    He is a Stanley Cup winner, a four-time All-Star, he won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and he is an accomplished offensive player.

    Although Staal isn't putting up 100-point campaigns anymore, he is still a dynamic center who generates a lot of offense. He is a versatile contributor for the Hurricanes.

No. 8 Henrik Sedin

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    Henrik Sedin is a great playmaking center for the Vancouver Canucks, and he is a player who also excels at playing two-way hockey.

    Sedin is an offensive center who is a pretty selfless player. He is a skilled passer who enjoys setting up his teammates, but he will occasionally use his puck-handling skills to score himself.

    No matter how you slice it, Sedin is one of the NHL's premier, dynamic centers.

No. 7 John Tavares

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    John Tavares is a player who was once dubbed the "Next One," a nickname also given to Eric Lindros and Sidney Crosby, and he is the NHL's "quietest superstar."

    Tavares is one of the NHL's top offensive centers who possess a high hockey IQ, great vision, poise and exceptional passing abilities. 

    The New York Islanders could make the playoffs in 2013, and Tavares is one of the major driving forces behind the team's success.

No. 6 Claude Giroux

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    Claude Giroux took the NHL by storm in 2011-12 with an exceptional 93-point performance for the Philadelphia Flyers, and he has played pretty well in 2013.

    Giroux is one of the league's smaller centers, but he doesn't let his lack of size prevent him from being a game-changer.

    The Hearst, Ontario, native has amazing speed, offensive creativity, solid hands, and he is one of the league's best when it comes to setting up teammates. 

No. 5 Steven Stamkos

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    Steven Stamkos is one of the NHL's youngest superstars, and he is a player who has really grown leaps and bounds since entering the league a few short years ago.

    Stamkos has a tremendous shot, he is a skilled passer and he is one of the league's most explosive skaters.

    Simply put, Stamkos has the potential to be one of the all-time greats, and his dynamic play makes him a fun player to watch.

No. 4 Jonathan Toews

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    Jonathan Toews is one of the league's top two-way centers, and he is a dynamic leader who has played exceptionally well for the Chicago Blackhawks throughout his career.

    Toews is another center who has tremendous vision and elite skill when it comes to distributing the puck, and he has the potential to be one of the league's greatest two-way centers.

No. 3 Evgeni Malkin

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins have the NHL's top two centers, and Evgeni Malkin is the third-most dynamic center in the league.

    Malkin is a hound on the puck, he uses his size well, he has a scoring touch and he can set up his teammates from almost any position.

No. 2 Pavel Datsyuk

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    Pavel Datsyuk is a wizard with the puck and is the league's best puck-handling center. Defenders go nuts trying to cover Datsyuk because he is an elusive forward who is always on the move.

    Datsyuk skates with the puck very well, knowing when to take a shot and when to distribute to one of his teammates. With Datsyuk getting older, there may be only a few more years in which fans will get to watch him make magic for the Detroit Red Wings.

No. 1 Sidney Crosby

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    Sidney Crosby is the NHL's top players, and there are so many things that make him a great player.

    He has elite vision, he has a great set of hands, he is the league's top passer and he has one of the highest hockey IQs in the league.

    Crosby uses his complete package of skills to dominate while on the ice. He is a dynamic player who could turn any winger in the league into an all-star.

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