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Best centers in NHL 17 based on their respective playing styles

NHL 17 is the 26th instalment in EA’s puck-slapping series, and the third edition on current-gen machines after the series launched for PS4 and Xbox One with NHL 15. New modes include the eight-team World Cup Of Hockey and Draft Champions – a fantasy spin-off of Ultimate Team. As well as the returning ‘HUT’, franchise mode gets revamped, with team owners and relocation now among its major features. On the AI side, improved physics and player intelligence are two major priorities of dev team EA Canada.   
EA Sports’ award-winning hockey video game franchise returns in just a few weeks when “NHL 17” hits stores Tuesday, Sept. 13. Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues is the cover athlete, and he’s the second-highest-rated right winger in the game behind reigning Hart Trophy winner Patrick Kane. Everyone looks for different skill sets, or rather playing styles, in their centers. Some prefer ones who can score, others want the centers to be assisting the wingers, and some want their center to be defensive. On each player card, you see a three letter code which indicates the player’s playing style. With centers there are four that occur throughout the top players, and another that some of the lesser centers possess.
So here’s a breakdown of the highest rated centers on NHL 17 Hockey Ultimate Team, per their respective playing styles.
Playmakers (PLY): Sidney Crosby (92), Evgeni Malkin (90), Tyler Seguin (90), Pavel Datsyuk (89), Matt Duchene (89), David Krejci (88), Joe Thornton (88), Henrik Zetterberg (88), Nicklas Backstrom (88), Claude Grioux (88), Ryan Johansen (88), Evgeny Kuznetsov (88), Connor McDavid (88), Henrik Sedin (87), Jason Spezza (87), Jack Eichel (87).
Power forwards (PWF): Ryan Getzlaf (89), David Backes (87).
Snipers (SNP): Steven Stamkos (90), John Tavares (90), Jeff Carter (88).
Two-way forwards (TWF): Anze Kopitar (90), Jonathan Toews (89), Patrice Bergeron (88), Jordan Staal (87), Ryan Kesler (87), Ryan O’Reilly (87), Sean Monahan (87).
First is PLY or Playmaker, these will act in a way which benefits them getting the puck and moving it to a more desired scorer, as well as having some scoring ability themselves. PWF or Power Forwards work well all over the ice but peak in physicality. SNP or Snipers are the ones more primed to scoring goals and will get into space that puts them in better scoring positions. TWF or Two-way Forwards are your more defensive centers, ones who will position themselves well at both ends of the ice. GRN or Grinder is a non-existent class within the elite centers, but is on one of the better faceoff men, who you will read about later on in this guide. Grinders are all about defence and physicality.