2013 NHL Draft: Ranking the 10 Best Centers in This Year's Class

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2013 NHL Draft: Ranking the 10 Best Centers in This Year's Class
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Top center prospect Nathan MacKinnon watching Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

There are several tantalizing talents at center in the 2013 NHL draft—from Nathan MacKinnon and Aleksander Barkov to Bo Horvat and Max Domi, there seems to be a player-type to fit any need that a team could be trying to fill.

With the Stanley Cup Final set to end by June 26 at the latest, attention is set to shift quickly to the draft, which will take place only a few days later on June 30.

Stanley Cup-winning teams don't always share similar DNA. Some teams win with defensive structure and larger players, while other squads play a puck-possession/skill game. Regardless of the style, championship teams always have strength down the middle.

Keep in mind that this isn't necessarily the order in which these players will be drafted. Team need could necessitate taking one player over another, especially after the top four or five players listed, where there is a solid drop off in overall talent and potential.

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