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    Default NHL network top 20 centers segment

    Kopitar absent this list, supplanted by the likes of Robert Thomas, Elias Pettersson, Jack Hughes, Ryan O’Reilly, Aho, Point, etc. To add insult to injury, the two honorable mentions were Scheifele and Stutzle. Discuss!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkLeftHand View Post
    Kopitar absent this list
    Well, many folks around here think he is now a good second line Kings center. 32 teams with first line centers so I would guess he wouldn't make many top 20 lists even from fans in this group. But considering he was probably on the list way back 14 years ago, is that really surprising?
    Last edited by aragorn; August 14th, 2022 at 09:15 PM.

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    Kopi was ranked 20th in 2020 on the same list, so it makes sense he would have fallen a few spots back since then. All the same, when you get outside the top 5 it becomes more and more subjective and opinion based as the list rolls all the way to 20. I really wouldn't put a whole lot of stock in it.

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    What no Danault on the list!!!! I am outraged

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    Kopitar is no longer that one guy to take the team to the promised land. Yes, he had the one magnificent, resurgent season before the pandemic when he should have won the Hart. But the Kopi we saw in the past 2 seasons is a very different player. Kings now have 2A/2B centermen...

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    Not surprised at all.

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    so, a playoff team from last season does not have a top 20 center on their team. That is OK with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ice24 View Post
    so, a playoff team from last season does not have a top 20 center on their team. That is OK with me.
    But Vegas has one!

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    I don't think they are taking into account his defensive play enough. No doubt he is no longer a premier scorer,but it should be an all around evaluation. Some of the guys ranked ahead of him are not very good defensively.He's still very good at faceoffs and still a good passer. He's probably not top 10 any more,but definitely top 20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingrussell View Post
    I don't think they are taking into account his defensive play enough. No doubt he is no longer a premier scorer,but it should be an all around evaluation. Some of the guys ranked ahead of him are not very good defensively.He's still very good at faceoffs and still a good passer. He's probably not top 10 any more,but definitely top 20.
    Don't forget to factor in where he plays.


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