Top 5 Centers Entering NHL Postseason
By: Joe Borek (@jjborek26)
1. Connor McDavid
2. Leon Draisaitl
3. Auston Matthews
4. Patrice Bergeron
5. Ryan O’Reilly
I know right its odd that’s Crosby is not in the top five, but its not like he’s far behind. The reason he’s out of the top five is to no fault of his own. He only played 41 games this past season and then struggled in his own end when coming back from injury. Offensively he was still the same Sid producing 47PTS in 41GP, so there is a good chance he can just hit it in the playoffs. However, in the playoffs it would be mighty helpful if Crosby is able to reestablish himself as at least a league average defender while producing his stellar offense. The struggles on defense and the fact that all the players above were available more and played swimmingly ranks them all just ahead Sid the Kid. Highlights of Crosby can be seen below, as he dumbfounds opponents.
Couturier is really starting to push to make an argument to put him in the top five. Particularly, from this past season as he is one of the favorites to win the Selke. If the Flyers go deep into the postseason this year and Couturier continues to impress, then he is definitely going to be a top five center heading into next season. Highlights of Couturier Aka Coots can be seen below as he bewilders opponents.
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