Kopitar and Carter named among NHL's top 20 centers

The National Hockey League named its top 20 centers on Sunday and two Los Angeles Kings made the list. Anze Kopitar was ranked 13th and Jeff Carter was ranked 18th. 

Kopitar led the Kings with 40 assists and 892 faceoff wins in 2016-17. He also tied Drew Doughty for the team lead in power play assists with 14. On the season, Kopitar had 12 goals and 52 points, was a -10 with 28 penalty minutes, five power play goals, 19 power play points, one shorthanded point, 150 shots, 59 blocked shots and 78 hits. 

In his career, Kopitar has spent 11 seasons with the Kings since being drafted in the first round, 11th overall, in the 2005 National Hockey League Entry Draft. In 840 regular season games, he has 255 goals and 481 assists for 736 points and a +69. In 2016, Kopitar became only the third player ever to win the Selke Trophy and Lady Byng Trophy in the same season (following Ron Francis of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1995 and Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings in 2008 and 2009). 

Carter led the Kings in goals (32), points (66), power play goals (10), game winning goals (nine), power play points (22) and shots on goal (250) in 2016-17. He also was one of five Kings to score a shorthanded goal in 2016-17, was a +2, and had 34 assists, 41 penalty minutes, 37 blocked shots, 86 hits and 37 blocked shots. In 377 games with the Kings, Carter has 143 goals and 139 assists for 282 points. Carter and Kopitar also won a Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012 and 2014. 

Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, who won the Hart Trophy and Art Ross Trophy in 2016-17 was first amongst NHL centers. McDavid is not only the best center in the NHL, but the best player in the NHL at the moment. For Kings ticket information, please click here.