Fantasy Focus: NHL Fantasy Rankings Centers

Matt SitkoffCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2010

NEW YORK - JANUARY 25:  Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the New York Rangers on January 25, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Penguins defeated the Rangers 4-2.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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You should never be comfortable with your fantasy team, 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 we come in the final six weeks of action. 

The center pivots the entire offense and is a deep pool with many teams only having spot for three or four centers on a fantasy team.  Having a center that creates for others is ideal but 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 defensemen there were some surprise on who 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