The month of August is undoubtedly the most quiet one on the NHL calendar. Free agency is essentially wrapped up, and training camp doesn’t begin until Sept. 13. During this period, hockey fans and experts alike try to pass the time by doing exercises such as predicting point totals, forecasting next season’s playoff bracket, and creating lists of the top players in the league for everyone to debate.
NHL.com has done just that, as they have begun releasing their annual lists of the top 20 players at each position in the league, with centers coming first. The top of the list comes as no surprise, as Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, and Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon have established themselves as the premier centers in the league.
Between Nos. 4 and 10, there are a slew of proven NHL veterans in the form of Toronto’s John Tavares, Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos. But a notable name missing from the top 10 centers was Dallas’ Tyler Seguin, who comes in at No. 11 on the list.
After leading the Stars’ attack in the regular season with his second 80-point season of his career, Seguin proved that he could produce in the playoffs as well after having his fair share of struggles in postseason previously. In 13 playoff games, he tallied 11 points (4G, 7A), good for the highest playoff point total of his career.
While Seguin enjoyed one of his most successful individual seasons in the NHL to date, center is perhaps the deepest position in the NHL. While it may seem like Seguin is ranked too low by NHL.com, consider this: Seguin is ranked directly ahead of players like St. Louis’ Ryan O’Reilly, Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin, and Carolina’s Sebastian Aho.
If Seguin has another 80-point season, and the Stars advance past the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, there is a good chance he will be among the top 10 when the new list comes out next August.