The 2014 draft class of NHL prospects features extensive depth and parity throughout the projected first round, with a large cast of talented centers leading the way.
Four players shine easily above the rest in the group, but a plethora of other solid two-way stars will also vie for top-15 selection spots.
As NHL franchises continue to realize the importance of solid three-man center core, players at the position should gradually creep higher and higher up each year's draft board. Next June should be no different, as the league's 30 general managers should have an especially large crop of enticing middlemen to choose from.
What skills and strong suits can each of 2014's top projected centers bring to the table? A complete breakdown of next year's five best prospects at the position falls on the coming slides.