If you had to rank the New York Islanders top ten centers in franchise history, where does some of the Isles great end up? And where does Tavares slot in compared to those players?
The New York Islanders have been lucky to have a few of the best centers to play the game. From a four-time Stanley Cup winner (six times in his career). To a first-overall and first to be given “exceptional player” status by the CHL.
There’s no doubt that the center is one of the most important positions on the ice at any time for an NHL team. Sure the goaltender is on the ice for the full 60. And the defenseman has a growing responsibility to move the puck into the attacking zone.
But the center drives the play through the full 200 feet of the ice. He should be the first one up the ice making the play to the wingers, and the first player back to help the defense when the puck is going the other way. He is the driver on his line and the driver for his team on the ice.
Having quality players at center has a direct impact on a team’s ability to win games.
The top ten centers for the New York Islanders is a list deep with Hall of Fame talent, outstanding players, and it’s filled with points.