To date, we’ve covered the composite rankings for:

Goalies

Defenseman

Left Wingers

Right Wingers

So last, but not least, we bring to you the biggest debate in all of sports, I’m kidding!

We bring to you the centre rankings.

This study showed the undisputed number one pick is Evgeni Malkin, but do you agree?

Centres NHL.com TSN ESPN Yahoo Average
Evgeni Malkin (PIT) 1 1 1 1 1
Steven Stamkos (TB 2 3 2 2 2.25
Sidney Crosby (PIT) 3 2 3 3 2.75
Claude Giroux (PHI) 4 5 5 5 4.75
Henrik Sedin (VAN) 6 8 8 6 7
John Tavares (NYI) 5 18 4 4 7.75
Jonathan Toews (CHI) 8 6 9 9 8
Eric Staal (CAR) 11 7 12 8 9.5
Jason Spezza (OTT) 9 19 10 7 11.25
Pavel Datsyuk (DET) 10 13 14 10 11.75
David Backes (STL) 12 4 18 14 12
Brad Richards (NYR) 13 12 7 16 12
Nicklas Backstrom (WAS) 26 9 6 11 13
Joe Thornton (SJ) 14 10 17 12 13.25
Anze Kopitar (LA) 7 20 11 20 14.5
Jamie Benn (DAL) 15 11 20 18 16
Ryan Getzlaf (ANA) 16 14 19 17 16.5
Logan Couture (SJ) 18 15 21 15 17.25
Jordan Staal (CAR) 20 22 16 24 20.5
Patrice Bergeron (BOS) 19 16 22 27 21
Mike Richards (LA) 22 17 27 19 21.25
Mikko Koivu (MIN) 21 28 15 32 24
Vincent Lecavalier (TB) 28 24 29 26 26.75
Mike Ribeiro (WAS) 27 27 31 23 27
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM) 17 25 13 13 27.2
David Krejci (BOS) 29 23 40 21 28.25
Paul Stastny (COL) 35 31 25 22 28.25
Olli Jokinen (WPG) 30 32 23 28 28.25
Tomas Plekanec (MTL) 43 21 35 25 31
Matt Duchene (COL) 23 29 50 24 31.5
Danny Briere (PHI) 24 30 37 39 32.5
Derek Stepan (NYR) 39 26 44 36 36.2

Thoughts:

  • If you missed out on Malkin, you don’t have to panic with the likes of Crosby, Stamkos, H. Sedin and Giroux to choose from in the 2-5 slots in the first round. Only Ovechkin was projected to record more points than these five (51), so it’s likely the top five picks will all be centres.

TSN projected the following point totals:

Malkin: 63 points

Crosby: 61 points

Stamkos: 55 points

H. Sedin: 53 points

Giroux: 48 points

  • After the top five, target Jonathan Toews and Eric Staal. Staal should improve on his numbers from last year (70 points in 82 games) and has his brother Jordan in the mix now in Carolina.
  • Take Pavel Datsyuk early just becuase he can do this!

and this!

Good luck in your draft!