In my opinion, center is arguably the most important position on a hockey team.
An old hockey cliched saying is being strong down the middle wins you Stanley Cups.
Centers in hockey must occupy two wingers, try to win faceoffs, and, of course, score goals, among other things. They are the engine to a hockey team, so that is why I'm emphasizing this position as my first column in this area.
I first want to look at who I think are the 10 best centers in the game today under the age of 25.
Why age 25?
I look at the age of 25 as the beginning of a hockey player's prime.
It's a good indication of what teams are on the rise and what teams will be contenders when they have talented, young centers (especially more than one), so that's why I'm focusing on the youngsters here.