Ironic of sorts. At a time I work on this slideshow, one thing the Flames could use is an elite centre.
This season a lot of centres have had a shot at centering the top line with Jarome Iginla. A lot of centres have failed at centering the top line with Jarome Iginla. Currently it's Matt Stajan, but right now the Flames could use any of the guys on this list—or any of the guys on this list, in their prime.
I did quite a lot of research to make this list—and in this research I saw a theme emerging as I studied guys higher up on the list; most were offensively sound players who were solid in their own end.
Now some of the guys are old, and almost every single player had aggressiveness and grit back in the day, but that didn't necessarily mean they were great two way players—the players on this list are though.
And there is one prospect in the organization now who just happens to be speedy, has good hands, an elite passer and solid in his own end.
Let's hope Mr.Backlund can live up to potential and crack this list someday.