Ranking the 5 Greatest Centers in Edmonton Oilers History

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Ranking the 5 Greatest Centers in Edmonton Oilers History
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Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky

The Edmonton Oilers once boasted two of the greatest centers in NHL history. These two individuals also played together on one of the finest teams ever assembled.

Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier formed one of the most potent one-two punches ever.

The tandem was key in leading the Oilers to four Stanley Cups in five years, from 1984 through 1988.

But there have been several other great centers in team history.

Rankings are based on the following criteria: playing at least three seasons in Edmonton, significant offensive numbers, leadership qualities, ability to win faceoffs, contributing to team success and a commitment to defensive play.

Using these categories, Craig MacTavish, Shawn Horcoff and Sam Gagner receive honorable mentions.

If Ryan Nugent-Hopkins continues to progress, and stays with the organization, he seems likely to make this list in a few more seasons.

The following five players, based on the above criteria, are the greatest centers in Edmonton Oilers history.

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