Its August. In the life of an NHL fan, it's probably the most boring month of the year. The NHL Entry Draft and the free agency period are over. Ditto for prospect camps. Training camp is still about a month away for most teams. During a time with no hockey, one of the only things we hockey fans have to discuss is what team or what player is the best (and how that best player is going to lead his team to a Stanley Cup in eight months time).
In this first installment of NHL Power Rankings by position, I'm taking a look at the 10 best centers in the NHL today. But first a few ground rules: in order to qualify as a "center," the player must be listed on NHL.com's 2010-2011 regular season statistics page as a center.
Beyond that, I've taken into account a number of factors when crafting this list: offensive skill and production, defensive play, intangibles (face-offs, blocked shots, etc), clutch play and leadership, to name a few.
And without further ado, here they are: the 10 best centers in the NHL today. Enjoy.