Top 20 NHL Centers – 2012

Top NHL Centers 2012And finally the Hockey Fanatic’s poll of hockey fans concludes with a look at the the NHL centers of 2012.  There are a number of great talents  from various countries at the center position.  Who do the fans think are the top NHL centermen for 2012?  Perhaps it will be a Penguin or maybe a Ranger of one of the Boradstreet Bullies from 2012?  Let’s take a look.  For those of you who missed our previous posts, here is a look at the top 20 players by position as selected (in part) by hockey fans.

Top 20 NHL Defenseman
Top 20 NHL Goalies for 2012
Top 20 NHL Left Wingers
Top 20 NHL Right Wingers

Top 20 NHL Centers 2012

  1. Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning
  2. Evgeni Malkin – Pittsburgh Penguins
  3. Sidney Crosby – Pittsburgh Penguins
  4. Claude Giroux – Philadelphia Flyers
  5. Anze Kopitar – Los Angeles Kings
  6. Henrik Sedin – Vancouver Canucks
  7. Pavel Datysuk – Detroit Red Wings
  8. Johnathan Toews – Chicago Blackhawks
  9. Jamie Benn – Dallas Stars
  10. Brad Richards – New York Rangers
  11. Joe Thornton – San Jose Sharks
  12. John Tavares – New York Islanders
  13. Jason Spezza – Ottawa Senators
  14. David Backes – St. Louis Blues
  15. Patrice Bergereon – Boston Bruins
  16. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Edmonton Oilers
  17. Ryan Getzlaf – Anaheim Ducks
  18. Matt Duchesne – Colorado Avalanche
  19. Mike Fisher – Nashville Predators
  20. Adam Henrique – New Jersey Devils

This was a tough list with some great players notably absent such as Vincent Lecavalier from the Lightning, Logan Couture from the Sharks, Nicklas Backstrom and Ryan Kessler from the Canucks all missing.