A noted trademark of August Hockey Social Media is the absolute grief that comes out of the NHL Network’s annual positional rankings. Designed almost entirely to generate a lot of discussions and quote tweets off of a series of short videos, the TV station puts out Top 20’s for centres, wingers, defencemen, and goaltenders that usually leave people frothing at the mouth.
Usually, it’s because their team’s star player in that position is too low for their liking. Or, it’s a player from a rival or a team they feel gets too much attention being ranked too high. Whatever the case, having 20 different spots to dissect and a pool of snubs leads to some great bloodbaths. Below is this year’s ranking in the centre position: