NHL 22 player ratings: The best centers

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If you want to have a chance to win a hockey, make sure your team is deep in the middle. Centermans are invaluable in the middle and the perfect center can win faceoffs, make great passes and put more skaters on the ice and find the back of the net at any moment.

With all that, you might be wondering which centers are the best in NHL 22. We have the answer, so let’s take a look at the best centers in NHL 22:

  1. Oilers C Connor McDavid (95 OVR)
  2. Avalanche C Nathan MacKinnon (93 OVR)
  3. Penguins C Sidney Crosby (93 OVR)
  4. Oilers C Leon Draisaitl (93 OVR)
  5. Maple Leafs C Auston Matthews (92 OVR)
  6. Bruins C Patrice Bergeron (91 OVR)
  7. Sabers C Jack Eichel (91 OVR)
  8. Panthers C Aleksander Barkov (90 OVR)
  9. Kings C Anze Kopitar (90 OVR)
  10. Lightning C Steven Stamkos (90 OVR)

No one is shocked, incumbent Hart Trophy winner Connor McDavid comes first. The Oilers placed two in the top five as McDavid and Leon Draisaitl attempted to pass the first round for the first time since 2016-17. Nathan MacKinnon and Sidney Crosby close the top three.

One more note on this list: NHL 22 cover athlete Auston Matthews also made it to this list, which should come as no surprise given his exceptional year in 2020-21. Matthews will begin 2021 with a rating of 92 OVR players.

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