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Ty Conklin #29 of the St. Louis Blues makes a save against Travis Zajac #19 of the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 20, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) (Jim McIsaac/2010 Getty Images)
Ty Conklin #29 of the St. Louis Blues makes a save against Travis Zajac #19 of the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 20, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) (Jim McIsaac/2010 Getty Images)

Top three centres around the NHL Add to ...

As part of my story on how Nazem Kadri fits into the Leafs' group of top three centres, I put together a quick cheat sheet on how all 30 teams stack up at the position.

Some team's top three aren't 100 per cent set, so I used a few best guesses for the purposes of this chart. At right are the raw numbers in terms of age, height (in inches) and weight (in pounds). At left are the team's leaguewide rankings in those stats.

Stats

Rank

Team

Age

Ht

Wt

Age

Ht

Wt

1

NJD

31.2

76.3

215

2

1

2

2

ATL

28.9

74.0

213

6

5

3

3

LAK

28.3

74.7

218

11

3

1

4

OTT

29.1

73.3

207

5

11

5

5

VAN

28.8

74.0

203

7

5

10

6

MIN

29.2

73.7

203

4

9

11

7

PHX

26.2

75.0

213

21

2

4

8

WSH

25.9

74.3

206

22

4

6

9

TBL

27.1

73.7

205

19

9

7

10

CGY

30.8

72.7

199

3

15

18

11

BUF

28.5

72.7

203

9

15

13

12

SJS

26.3

73.3

205

20

11

7

13

NSH

28.6

72.7

200

8

15

17

14

PIT

23.1

74.0

205

28

5

7

15

ANA

32.8

72.0

192

1

21

24

16

NYR

28.4

72.0

201

10

21

16

17

STL

24.5

73.3

203

26

11

11

18

CBJ

28.0

72.7

198

16

15

19

19

MTL

28.0

72.0

202

15

21

14

20

FLA

28.1

72.3

198

13

19

19

21

CAR

24.9

74.0

188

25

5

28

22

DAL

28.2

72.3

188

12

19

27

23

CHI

25.1

73.0

197

24

14

21

24

PHI

28.1

72.0

191

14

21

25

25

BOS

27.6

72.0

187

17

21

29

26

DET

27.4

71.3

194

18

29

23

27

COL

21.3

71.7

202

30

28

15

28

TOR

23.7

72.0

189

27

21

26

29

EDM

25.5

71.3

194

23

29

22

30

NYI

22.5

72.0

185

29

21

30

I've listed the teams based on the average of their ranking in all three stats, and overall, the Islanders have the youngest, smallest group down the middle (I didn't include Doug Weight in their top three, which would have changed things in terms of age). At the other end of the scale, the Devils have the biggest, most senior group at centre with Arnott, Zajac and Zubrus.

Out of the Canadian teams, Ottawa and Vancouver are the biggest at the position.

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