1. Paul Stastny, Center, Colorado Avalanche

8471669 Overview: Stastny is the best center available through free agency. Paul, son of former Devil Peter Stastny, is a very good offensive minded player. He scored 25 goals last season for Colorado, but that isn’t his biggest asset. The strongest point of the younger Stastny’s game, is his ability to move through traffic and dish the puck. He is 28 years old, and has already solidified himself as a solid 2-way player. He has tremendous upside, as he is only 28 years old. Stastny should get a nice contract for all he’s done in his NHL career.  2013-2014 Stats: 25 Goals, 35 Assists, 60 Points, +9 P/M

 

2. Mihkail Grabovski, Center, Washington Capitals
8476 Overview: Grabovski is a very solid center. He began his full time NHL career in 2008 with the Montreal Canadiens. He is a playmaker at his position, and does a nice job finding open space and dishing the puck to his teammates. He hasn’t really exploded as a 1st line center as far as points go, but he has had some solid seasons. In my opinion, he’s more a 2nd line center but would be a nice asset to any team that needs a playmaker down the middle. He isn’t a very strong player in his own end, but the offense is solid enough to have him in the line-up all season long. One problem that he’s shown in his NHL career, is inconsistency. If he can become a more consistent player, he has a very bright future ahead of him.

2013-2014 Stats: 13 Goals, 22 Assists, 35 Points, +6 P/M

3. Brad Richards, Center, New York Rangers
br Overview: Richards is another nice option this off-season on the open market. He was bought out by the Rangers after their Stanley Cup Finals series against the LA Kings. In terms of what he can provide to a team, he’s a very savvy veteran player, He is smart with the puck, and can dish it with some of the best of them. He can play the point on the power play, where he shows off a nice shot from the backend. He also has a very good shot for a center iceman. Even though he struggled in the playoffs, I don’t expect he will have a hard time finding a job this offseason.

2013-2014 Stats: 20 Goals, 31 Assist, 51 Points, -8 P/M

4. David Legwand, Center, Detroit Red Wings
leg Overview: Legwand, much like Brad Richards, is a very savvy veteran center. The only real difference between the two, is Legwand can hang with the best of them in terms of playing 2-way hockey. He is a very good passer, who also has a nice scoring touch. He is also very good at taking draws, and will win the important ones most of the time. He’s a big, strong forward but sometimes plays smaller than he is. Legwand also has the tendency to get hurt, which reduces his value to teams. He was solid and Nashville and played well for the Wings after being traded there last season.

2013-2014 Stats: 14 Goals, 37 Assists, 51 Points, -17 P/,M

5. Dave Bolland, Center, Toronto Maple Leafs
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Overview: Bolland is a very polished and savvy two-way center. He has shown flashes of dominance in late-game situations, especially on the defensive end of the ice. He has had some injury history since he began his career as of late most recently in 2013, he only played 23 games for Toronto. He will never have a very high point tally, but that’s because he is very much so relied on for his defense. If you need a shutdown center, Dave Bolland is your guy.

 

2013-2014 Stats: 8 Goals, 4 Assists, 12 Points, -1 P/M

 

 

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