And by official, I mean mine, of course. So after all the fighting on the other threads, i tried to crank out a stats-based Center ranking, but nothing too fancy. At the same time it's both complicated and simple. NOTE: IF YOU HATE STATS JUST SKIP TO THE BOTTOM FOR THE FINAL RANKINGS Here's how I approached it. I looked at the last 2 seasons. This imo is the best combo of "recent" and "good sample size" to judge a player's current value. But it's not perfect, of course, especially when it comes to very young or old players. But it's a good place to start. Second, I put an absolute cutoff at a minimum of 14 ES minutes played per game. So firstly, I used "Offense" as my most basic criteria for the list of "top centers". i.e. to be a top center, you have to score like one, and if you can't score, you're not a top center no matter how good you are defensively. To judge offense, I used the even strength p/60 and p1/60 stats - basically I ranked the top-30 centers in p/60, and the top-30 centers in p1/60, and then combined the ranks. I know some people might complain about ignoring PP production, but imo PP production is way too noisy and small sample and any offensive ability the players have should show up at even strength anyways. But that wasn't enough - I wanted to adjust this offense for quality of competition as well - so that guys with easier matchups didn't get extra credit. I used opponents' ice time (TOIqoc) to judge quality of competition, and combined it with the scoring ranks. Note that this used their league-wide TOIqoc ranks, of all centers who played minimum 14es mpg. Here's the list of Top Offensive Centers I came up with: Top Offensive Centers Last 2yrs 1.McDavid 7 2.MacKinnon 22 3.Scheifele 25 4.Crosby 27 5.Matthews 31 6.Barkov 33 7.Malkin 34 8.Stamkos 37 9.Tavares 40 10.Getzlaf 41 11.Backstrom 46 11.Couturier 46 13.Kopitar 48 13.Barzal 48 15.Toews 49 15.Monahan 49 17.Kuznetsov 52 18.Seguin 54 19.Kadri 56 20.Staal 58 21.Bergeron 60 22.Eichel 60 23.Point 68 24.Duchene 72 25.Stastny 72 26.Zetterberg 73 27.Krejci 89 28.Horvat 92 Some surprises on this list when QOC is factored in - namely, that a guy like Toews is still quite good offensively, while guys like Malkin and Kuz really get hammered for going up against much easier competition than most of the others. Secondly, I wanted to factor in Possession. This was a bit more complicated, but basically I averaged out zone/score adjusted CF% and xGF% and ranked them, and then averaged out zone/score adjusted CFrel and xGFrel and ranked them......and then combined their ranks. Now key here is that I kind of cheated - because I was using OFFENSE as the main determinant of "top center", I didn't look at league-wide possession, but I only looked at the 28 centers who made the Offense list and ranked their possession against each other. I think the basic principal makes sense, though of course my execution of it is pretty hacktastic. And then, again, I needed to adjust for Quality of Competition, so once again I combined the averaged possession ranks with the TOIqoc ranks, and ranked these 28 centers' possession against each other: Last 2yrs best offensive centers in order of Possession: 1.Bergeron 10 2.McDavid 12 3.Crosby 18 4.Couturier 21 5.Kopitar 28 6.Toews 29 7.Barkov 30 8.Scheifele 32 9.Tavares 39 10.Backstrom 39 11.MacKinnon 41 12.Getzlaf 44 13.Stastny 49 14.Staal 51 15.Kadri 54 16.Stamkos 55 17.Matthews 57 18.Point 59 19.Zetterberg 60 20.Seguin 61 21.Barzal 61 22.Malkin 70 23.Monahan 71 24.Duchene 72 25.Eichel 74 26.Kuznetsov 82 27.Krejci 83 28.Horvat 87 this seems to pass the smell test to me. all the guys with the great defensive reputations are right at the top, while the guys at the bottom are the guys you expect. So now with these two lists, I just combined the qoc-adjusted offense and the qoc-adjusted possession, and it spat out this list: ZEKE'S PERFECT TOP-20 CENTER RANKINGS 1.McDavid 19 2.Crosby 45 3.Scheifele 57 4.Barkov 63 5.MacKinnon 63 6.Couturier 67 7.Bergeron 70 8.Kopitar 76 9.Toews 78 10.Tavares 79 11.Getzlaf 85 12.Backstrom 85 13.Matthews 88 14.Stamkos 92 15.Malkin 104 16.Staal 109 17.Barzal 109 18.Kadri 110 19.Seguin 115 20.Monahan 120 Some guys stick out in surprising ways here - Couturier comes out looking really, really good, while a guy like Malkin drops way down. Guys like Kuznetsov and Eichel don't even make the list at all. Thing is, I don't have any problem with any of those results. In the end, I love how the list rewards guys like Barkov and Bergeron while also acknowledging the question marks on guys like Malkin and Barzal. Note, though, that this isn't a prediction of which centers are necessarily the best RIGHT NOW, heading into THIS SEASON. To do that I would want to add in some kind of Age adjustment, which would favor which would bump up kids like Eichel, Barzal, Matthews while knocking down guys like Backstrom and Staal a bit. So what do you think? does my list beat the NHL's? or the famous Hockey Guy's? or is it poop?