Center Rankings: Banger Leagues
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Here are the top centers ranked in descending order based on their value in 10 or 12 team "Banger Leagues". A typical banger league consists of goals, assists, plus/minus, penalty minutes, power-play points, shots on goal, hits and blocked shots for skaters.
It's hard not to have Crosby as the top center. Once the Penguins replaced Mike Johnston with Mike Sullivan as the head coach, he took off. Don't be surprised if he returns to 100-point form.
Schenn's versatility (C/LW) and his physicality (187 hits) make him excellent for banger leagues. He could have his best year offensively after tallying 43 points in the final 45 games of last season.
Couture may be undervalued after an injury-riddled season, but he was outstanding in the playoffs, registering 30 points in 24 games. With Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau not getting any younger, Couture could take on a bigger role offensively.
For an undersized player, Kadri brings a surprising physical element to his game (148 hits). He was very unlucky last season, scoring on just 17 of his 260 shots (6.5 percent). Added talent in Toronto's lineup could lead to a 60-point season.
As mentioned before, age is not on Thornton's side. He really doesn't bring much to the table categorically aside from assists and power-play points. It's best to let someone else in your league draft him.