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Posted: 07/3/2014 11:20 AM | Comments: 0
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Ranking the projected one-two centre punches in the NHL's Western Conference:
1. Los Angeles Kings: Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter
The Stanley Cup winners set the gold standard in the West.
2. Anaheim Ducks: Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler
Kesler's addition gives the Ducks the size they need against L.A.
3. San Jose Sharks: Joe Thornton and Logan Couture
If Thornton stays, the Sharks are still stacked down the middle.
4. Dallas Stars: Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza
Spezza makes Dallas much more than a one-line team.
5. St. Louis Blues: Alex Steen and Paul Stastny
So many good centres, a couple will have to play on wing.
6. Colorado Avalanche: Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon
Losing Stastny hurts, but MacKinnon gets to shift to natural position.
7. Chicago Blackhawks: Jonathan Toews and Brad Richards
Getting Richards solved Blackhawks' biggest off-season need.
8. Minnesota Wild: Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund
Wild are strong on the wings but no slouches at centre.
9. Phoenix Coyotes: Martin Hanzal and Sam Gagner
Gagner is small, but Coyotes upgraded by dumping Mike Ribeiro.
10. Vancouver Canucks: Henrik Sedin and Nick Bonino
If Bonino continues to develop, Canucks will be just fine.
11. Winnipeg Jets: Bryan Little and Mark Scheifele
Scheifele's development is key for Winnipeg.
12. Nashville Predators: Mike Fisher and Olli Jokinen
It will be up to Peter Laviolette to maximize Predators' talent.
13. Edmonton Oilers: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl
Draisaitl is the future, even if he's not the present.
14. Calgary Flames: Sean Monahan and Matt Stajan
Young Flames would love No. 4 pick Sam Bennett to be ready soon.
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