Northwest Division Center Rankings

Joseph GuntherContributor IAugust 22, 2009

DETROIT - FEBRUARY 12:  Chris Osgood #30 of the Detroit Red Wings is beat by Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild as Mikael Samuelsson #37 of the Detroit Red Wings looks on during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena February 12, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.(Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

The Northwest Division is known for its goaltending and defense.

The division also has some very good forwards, especially at the center position.

Shawn Horcoff has quietly become a very good NHL player for the Edmonton Oilers. He has four straight 50-point seasons. He is a solid two-way center.

Olli Jokinen was the biggest name traded at the trade deadline last season. He had a good, but not great finish to the season for the Calgary Flames. He is a two-way, physical center.

Mikko Koivu was once considered the most underrated player in the NHL. He is the definition of consistency on both ends of the ice.

Henrik Sedin is one-half of the most dynamic duos in the game with the Vancouver Canucks. He controls and supports the puck as well as anyone in the NHL.

Paul Statsny's production has slipped with the Colorado Avalanche. He is a top line talent for last season's worst Western Conference team.

Check out the rankings and further details of each player Minnesota-Wild-Examiner~y2009m8d22-Minnesota-Wild-preview-ranking-the-Northwest-Division-centers">here.