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Your center is the player who dictates almost every phase of the game. As the player up the middle, they’ll win the puck in the faceoff circle, circulate the puck between teammates, and, in the case of the best centers in NHL 19, score plenty of goals.
These are the centers who can lead your team to the Stanley Cup.
Connor McDavid (94 OVR)
Team: Edmonton Oilers
Best Stats: Speed 97, Acceleration 97, Offensive Awareness 97, Agility 97
With 78 faceoffs and 90 poise, Connor McDavid is a decent pivot whose stats in these crucial attributes are sure to grow as he’s still only 21-years-old. The Edmonton Oilers captain’s primary asset is his speed, as seen above, but with a rating of 95 or 96 for all puck skills, he can certainly deliver on the end of his blazing runs.
Sidney Crosby (93 OVR)
Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Best Stats: Offensive Awareness 95, Deking 95, Poise 95, Passing 95, Puck Control 95, Hand-Eye 95
He may not have McDavid’s speed or youth in NHL 19, but Sidney Crosby is still a formidable center to sit on your top line. As well as superb puck skills and shooting attributes all rated at 90 or above, Crosby also boasts very user-friendly defensive attributes of 93 defensive awareness and 93 stick checking.
Steven Stamkos (91 OVR)
Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Best Stats: Passing 94, Slap Shot Power 94, Deking 94, Offensive Awareness 94, Puck Control 94
Based on the predictions for the Bolts captain and the rest of the Tampa Bay Lightning team, having Steven Stamkos at a rating of 91 overall is set to be quite the collector’s item. In future updates, Stamkos is set to see his overall rating tick up as the Lightning climb the standings and make a charge for the Stanley Cup. Stamkos’ offensive skill is greatly buffed in NHL 19 by his skating, which features 93 acceleration, 93 speed, and 93 agility.
Evgeni Malkin (91 OVR)
Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Best Stats: Slap Shot Power 94, Wrist Shot Accuracy 94, Passing 94, Offensive Awareness 94, Puck Control 94, Hand-Eye 94
If any other team had drafted him, Evgeni Malkin would be the star of the show. For the Penguins, he must share the spotlight with one Sidney Crosby. But, that doesn’t get in the mighty Russian’s way as he continues to score emphatic goals and rack up big points totals. In NHL 19, he can command any number of top lines, with his 91 strength, 89 stick checking, and 87 durability making him useful in all phases of the game.
John Tavares (90 OVR)
Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Best Stats: Passing 94, Offensive Awareness 94, Hand-Eye 94, Wrist Shot Accuracy 94, Deking 94, Puck Control 94
After the New York Islanders missed their opportunity to build a decent team around the top-class center, John Tavares has moved on to pastures blue in Canada. He’s expected to handle the second line center role behind Auston Matthews, which merely makes the new Bud even more threatening. With 93 slap shot accuracy, 92 slap shot power, 94 wrist shot accuracy, and 91 wrist shot power, you merely need to pass the puck to Tavares in NHL 19, and he’ll be able to score.
Other top centers on NHL 19
Acceleration 93, Agility 93, Speed 93
Deking 94, Passing 94, Puck Control 94
Faceoffs 95, Stick Checking 95, Defensive Awareness 94,
Los Angeles Kings
Defensive Awareness 93, Passing 92, Slap Shot Power 92
Toronto Maple Leafs
Offensive Awareness 92, Deking 92, Passing 92
Passing 94, Puck Control 94, Offensive Awareness 93
Passing 93, Offensive Awareness 93, Puck Control 92
Deking 95, Passing 94, Puck Control 94
Balance 92, Passing 92, Puck Control 92
Deking 92, Puck Control 92, Passing 92
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