Each position in hockey has an important place in the game, but no position is quite as prestigious as center. Every team is looking for a star center, and any team who wants to compete is going to need one.
Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Phil Esposito are just a few of the legends who have occupied this spot on the roster, and much like the eras of the past, many of today’s best players make their living there as well.
Centers do everything. They score, they play defence and they take faceoffs. No one is busier on the ice than these multitaskers, which is why having a top center on your team is so crucial for success.
So who are today’s best centers?
Here are the 20 best players at center ice going into 2011/12 NHL regular season.