NHL Fantasy Rankings: Centers

Fantasy KnuckleheadsCorrespondent IFebruary 20, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - JANUARY 24:  Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks on against the Philadelphia Flyers on January 24, 2010 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Penguins won the game 2-1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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You should never be comfortable with your fantasy team. It is important to always be looking for ways to improve your squad as you gear up for a long playoff run. As the NHL hits their Olympic break it is a perfect time to sit back and examine what will come in the final six weeks of action.

The center controls the entire offense and is a deep pool with many teams having spots for three or four centers on a fantasy team. Having a center that creates for others is ideal, but having one that contributes on special teams both power play and shorthanded is one that should take precedent over just plan scorers.

As we saw in the NHL Fantasy Rankings for goalies and defensemen , there were some surprises, which will make a huge fantasy impact down the stretch. That is the same feeling among the best centers in the league as time winds down on the NHL and Fantasy seasons.

Here are the Olympic break rankings for centers:

1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh: 42-36-78-12 Power Play Goals
2. Nicklas Backstrom, Washington: 26-50-76-+32- 29 Power Play Points
3. Henrik Sedin, Vancouver: 25-55-80-+27-20 Power Play Points
4. Patrick Marleau, San Jose: 38-26-64-19 Power Play Points-3 SHP
5. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay: 35-35-70-30 Power Play Points
6. Joe Thornton, San Jose: 16-59-75-25 Power Play Points
7. Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh: 21-44-65-5 GW Goals
8. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles: 28-36-64-28 Power Play Points
9. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim: 17-41-61-7 Power Play Goals
10. Mike Richards, Philadelphia: 24-22-46-13 Power Play Goals
11. Mikko Koivu, Minnesota: 16-40-56-24 Power Play Points
12. Eric Staal, Carolina: 20-30-50-20 Power Play Points
13. Jeff Carter, Philadelphia: 27-25-52-6 GW Goals
14. Jonathan Toews, Chicago: 19-30-49-7 Power Play Goals
15. Stephen Weiss, Florida: 21-27-48-8 Power Play Goals
16. Ryan Kesler, Vancouver: 16-38-54-58 PIM- 10 Power Play Goals
17. Mike Fisher, Ottawa: 20-24-44-7 Power Play Goals
18. Paul Stastny, Colorado: 12-42-54-15 Power Play Points
19. Travis Zajac, New Jersey: 19-32-51-+19-16 Power Play Points
20. Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit: 17-32-49-+13-7 Power Play Goals
21. Brad Richards, Dallas: 17-49-66-7 Power Play Goals
22. Matt Stajan, Calgary: 18-27-45-7 Power Play Goals
23. Brooks Laich, Washington: 20-26-46-8 Power Play Goals
24. Jason Spezza, Ottawa: 15-18-33-13 Power Play Points
25. Andy McDonald, St. Louis: 19-19-38-15 Power Play Points

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