The Hockey PDOcast: Ranking the league’s top 10 centres

The Hockey PDOcast aims to provide entertaining and thoughtful dialogue about the game of hockey. There’s obviously an analytical tinge to the conversation, but it’s hopefully not as nerdy as it may initially sound.

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Andrew Berkshire joins Dimitri Filipovic to discuss the best centres in the game, helping to eventually whittle down the list to the top 10 players at the position. Things discussed include:

3:20 Weighting abilities in each of the three zones
7:09 Building your team around a top centre versus a top defenceman
11:18 Jack Eichel, Nathan MacKinnon, and others who fell just short
21:16 Can Mark Scheifele keep scoring all of the goals?
24:36 The one dimension Tyler Seguin is good at
29:08 Battle of the playmakers: Ryan Getzlaf versis Nicklas Backstrom
36:34 Steven Stamkos and Anze Kopitar returning to form
43:37 John Tavares’ improved defensive play
49:20 Sasha Barkov’s heavy lifting
53:17 Auston Matthews’ ability to get open and generate chances
59:31 The differences between Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid



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