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Oilers Captain Connor McDavid gets NHL Network's nod as the best centreman in the NHL once again

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - Connor McDavid was heralded as the best centreman in the National Hockey League by the NHL Network yet again, edging Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby in their Top-20 Centers list.

"They are both so great but they both a little bit different," NHL Network analyst Mike Johnson said. "They create their offence, which is what they're known for, a little bit differently."

McDavid posted his third-consecutive triple-digit season in 2018-19, scoring 41 goals and 75 assists for 116 points. He finished the year tied for sixth in goals, second in assists and second in overall points. No. 97 also finished tied for second in game-winning goals with nine.

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"Connor McDavid, he's faster," continued Johnson. "He's faster than anyone who's ever played this game."

The 22-year-old is a two-time recipient of the Art Ross Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award, and also earned the Hart Trophy once in his career.

Crosby concluded '18-19 with 35 goals and 65 assists for 100 points in 79 outings, marking the sixth time in his career he's achieved the 100-point mark. The Cole Harbour, NS, product tied for 21st in goals, seventh in assists and fifth in scoring.

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The 14-year NHL veteran has three Stanley Cups to his name, three Ted Lindsay Awards, two Conn Smythe Trophies, two Art Ross Trophies and has won the Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy twice.

"It's hard to compare them," said Johnson. "But as far as individual talent, it's hard to argue against Connor McDavid. The stuff he can do, the speed he can do it at and, quite frankly, the cast around him is not what Sidney Crosby has.

"He's the best centreman in the NHL right now. Connor McDavid deserves to be No. 1."

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