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Vote for the NHL's All-Decade Team - Centers

Wednesday, 12.23.2009 / 6:30 PM / All Decade 2000-2009

NHL.com

 
     
2010 is upon us, which begs the all-important question: who was the NHL's best centers from 2000 to 2009?

NHL.com wants to know what you think -- take a look at the candidates for the Best of the Decade below and cast your vote right now!

Then check back on Jan. 8 to see the complete results of the voting, and also find out which milennium-era superstars made the cut of our All-Decade Team as chosen by the NHL.com Staff.




SIDNEY CROSBY
Teams played for in 2000s:
 


* Won Stanley Cup in 2009
* Hart Trophy winner - 2007
* Lester B. Pearson Award - 2007
* Art Ross Trophy winner - 2007
* NHL All-Star Game - '07, '08, '09 
* Youngest player ever to have two straight 100-pt seasons, win Art Ross

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PAVEL DATSYUK
Teams played for in 2000s:
 
 

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Won Stanley Cup in '02 & '08
* NHL All-Star selection - '04, '08 & '09
* Frank J. Selke Trophy - '08, '09

* Lady Byng Trophy - '06, '07, '08 & '09

* Led DET in scoring in four straight yrs
* '02 Olympic Bronze Medalist (Russia)
 

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PETER FORSBERG
Teams played for in 2000s:


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'02 Olympic Gold Medalist (Sweden)
* Won Stanley Cup in '01
* Art Ross Trophy winner - 2003
* Hart Trophy winner - 2003
* 885 points in 706 career NHL games
* NHL All-Star game - '00, '01, '03, '96-99
 
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VINCENT LECAVALIER
Teams played for in 2000s:


* Won Stanley Cup in '04
*
'06 Olympic Silver Medalist (Canada)
* NHL All-Star game - '03, '07, '08, '09
* Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy - '07
* 2004 World Cup of Hockey MVP
 

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MARC SAVARD
Teams played for in 2000s:
 

* NHL All-Star Game - '08 & '09
* 69 assists in '05-06 is ATL team record

* Finished no lower than 6th in NHL in assists in four straight seasons '06 to '09

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JOE SAKIC
Teams played for in 2000s:
   

*
Won Stanley Cup in '01
* Hart, Lady Byng, Pearson winner in '01
* 8th all-time in NHL scoring - 1,641 pts
* '02 Olympic Gold Medalist (Canada)
* NHL All-Star Game - '00, '01, '02, '04, '07
* 100-point seasons in '01 and '07

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ERIC STAAL
Teams played for in 2000s:
 
 

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Won Stanley Cup in '06
* NHL All-Star - '07, '08 (MVP), '09
* 40 playoff pts is CAR franchise record
* Reached 100 points in 2005-06

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MATS SUNDIN
Teams played for in 2000s:
  

* All-time leading scorer for Toronto
* NHL All-Star - '00, '01, '02, '03, '04
* '06 Olympic Gold Medalist (Sweden)
* Excluding three seasons, has scored at least 70 points in all of his seasons
 

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JOE THORNTON
Teams played for in 2000s:


* Art Ross Trophy - 2006
* Hart Memorial Trophy - 2006
* Three 100-point seasons - '03, '06, '07
* 50+ assists in six straight seasons
* NHL All-Star game - '02, '03, '04, '07, '08 & '09

 

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HENRIK ZETTERBERG
Teams played for in 2000s:


* Stanley Cup winner in '02 and '08
* Conn Smythe Trophy winner 2008
* '06 Olympic Gold Medalist (Sweden)
* 27 pts in single playoff is DET record

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