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Yahoo!'s top centers: Ryan Johansen makes the list

by Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Ryan Johansen
knows hockey, and the hockey world knows him.

The Vancouver native has been on a steady climb since a breakout 2013-14 season with the Blue Jackets.

During the 2014-15 season, he scored 26 goals and notched 45 assists for a total of 71 points in 82 total games played with the Blue Jackets -- despite missing all of training camp and the preseason. In terms of league rankings, those numbers were good enough for 15th in assists and 16th overall in total points.

Among the 23-year-old's highlights during the season: a nine-straight points streak that coincided with one of the team's best stretches. He was also named the 2015 NHL All-Star Game MVP with two goals and four points on Jan. 25 at Nationwide Arena.

Johansen has been a consistent force over the last few years. He scored 33 goals and tallied 30 assists for a total of 63 points in 82 games during the 2013-14 regular season. In the playoffs, Johansen proved himself further with two goals and four assists in six games.

Yahoo! Sports has put together lists of the top players in the NHL broken down by position. We already checked out their list of the best right wings in the league, and our very own Cam Atkinson checked in at No. 19.

Next up, we are taking a look at their list of top centers, which features players like Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Ryan Getzlaf, and featured on that list is Johansen.

Here's the breakdown of Johansen’s ranking:

“13. Ryan Johansen, Columbus: Anyone else get a Ryan Getzlaf vibe off this guy?”

In addition to the guys mentioned above, there's a who’s who of goal scorers on the list; check out Yahoo!'s complete rundown of the top 25 centers in the NHL by clicking HERE.

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