Choose Your Own Jets Adventure: Centres

If the refs fingers weren't there, he'd eat the damn thing.

Not to be confused with Ludacris and Lil' Kim asking to kn-know wh-what's your fan-ta-tasy, the Jets Choose Your Own Adventure is a chance to vote on which players should fill in the remaining spots in our forward and defence depth.  Part 1, with left wings and an explanation of the metrics I'm using, is here.  Part 2, on right wings, is here.

After a week of voting, it looks like you folks believe Nik Antropov, Chris Thorburn, and Spencer Machacek will play the most out of our crop of right wings.  Moving on to centre, we have bit of a thicker situation (similar to right wing), with three spots and four candidates.  I added one more metric to this group, faceoff win percentage (FO%), as it's something unique and important to this particular position.  

Without further ado, the centres...

Alexander Burmistrov

Year Team Lg  GP G A Pts Adj +/- SOG Sh% PIM
2008-09 Ak Bars Kazan Rus3 34 25 25 50 --- --- --- 54
2008-09 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 1 0 0 0 0 --- --- 0
2009-10 Barrie OHL 62 22 43 65 +4 --- --- 49
2010-11 Atlanta NHL 74 6 14 20 -3 92 6.5 27

Year Team Lg  TOI ESTOI PPTOI SHTOI ZS% QoC Rk QoT Rk FO%
2010-11 Atlanta NHL 13.18 11.75 0.30 1.13 56.5 13th of 17 12th of 17 41.5

Young, very talented, and with a combination of slick moves and solid passing, Burmistrov has the possibility of fulfilling his #8 selection in the 2010 Draft.  That said, he's not there yet, and needs to work on his faceoffs if he wants to stick in the middle.

Jim Slater

Year Team Lg GP G A Pts Adj +/- SOG Sh% PIM
2008-09 Atlanta NHL 60 8 10 18 +2 94 8.5 52
2009-10 Atlanta NHL 61 11 7 18 +4 107 10.3 60
2010-11 Atlanta NHL 36 5 7 12 +8 53 9.4 19

Year Team Lg TOI ESTOI PPTOI SHTOI ZS% QoC Rk QoT Rk FO%
2008-09 Atlanta NHL 11.24 8.57 0.07 2.60 46.7 13th of 17 16th of 17 53.0
2009-10 Atlanta NHL 12.18 10.50 0.08 1.60 38.4 6th of 16 2nd of 16 58.9
2010-11 Atlanta NHL 10.56 9.53 0.13 0.90 43.4 14th of 17 3rd of 17 61.5

A proven talent in the faceoff dot, the knock on Slater is that he can't seem to prove himself much away from it.  Injuries haven't helped his cause, but at 28 years old time is running out for Slater to show marked progression.

Rick Rypien (RIP, 1984-2011)

Year Team Lg GP G A Pts Adj +/- SOG Sh% PIM
2008-09 Vancouver NHL 12 3 0 3 -4 16 18.8 19
2009-10 Vancouver NHL 69 4 4 8 -12 61 6.6 126
2010-11 Manitoba AHL 11 0 2 2 -4 17 0.0 9
2010-11 Vancouver NHL 9 0 1 1 -6 6 0.0 31

Year Team Lg TOI ESTOI PPTOI SHTOI ZS% QoC Rk QoT Rk FO%
2008-09 Vancouver NHL 9.32 7.77 0.02 1.53 33.3 15th of 18 14th of 18 50.0
2009-10 Vancouver NHL 7.22 6.93 0.12 0.17 41.4 19th of 20 20th of 20 43.1
2010-11 Vancouver NHL 5.10 5.03 0.00 0.07 46.7 24th of 24 20th of 24 64.3

I place Rypien here in homage, given his passing yesterday evening.  It was likely that he would have been placed on the 4th line in a role where he excelled, as an energy player and enforcer.  In an upcoming Jets annual, I commented that he'd be a Winnipeg fan favourite within the first month of the season (if he wasn't already from his time with the Moose).  A tragedy for the Rypien friends and family, a tragedy for his fans present and future...rest in peace, Rick.

Tim Stapleton

Year Team Lg GP G A Pts Adj +/- SOG Sh% PIM
2008-09 Toronto AHL 70 28 51 79 +7 193 14.5 26
2008-09 Toronto NHL 4 1 0 1 -3 9 11.1 0
2009-10 Chicago AHL 73 30 29 59 +12 170 17.6 18
2009-10 Atlanta NHL 6 2 0 2 +1 6 33.3 2
2010-11 San Ant./Chi. AHL 24 9 10 19 +11 69 13.0 4
2010-11 Atlanta NHL 45 5 2 7 -5 44 11.4 12

Year Team Lg TOI ESTOI PPTOI SHTOI ZS% QoC Rk QoT Rk FO%
2008-09 Toronto NHL 15.07 11.90 3.15 0.02 47.4 8th of 20 10th of 20 20.0
2009-10 Atlanta NHL 11.86 11.73 0.13 0.00 33.3 1st of 16 10th of 16 61.1
2010-11 Atlanta NHL 11.10 10.65 0.28 0.17 59.5 10th of 17 16th of 17 48.4

A slick little (5'9" [175cm], 182 lb [83kg]) centre who can also play right wing, Stapleton has never had the skill and/or opportunity to hold down an NHL job.  In baseball terms, he'd be a "AAAA player", a guy who could do well in the minors but not quite have enough to play big at the highest level.  Great for 4th line work, possibly.

Ben Maxwell

Year Team Lg GP G A Pts Adj +/- SOG Sh% PIM
2008-09 Hamilton AHL 73 22 36 58 -7 156 14.1 58
2008-09 Montreal NHL 7 0 0 0 -1 2 0.0 2
2009-10 Hamilton AHL 57 16 28 44 -3 134 11.9 22
2009-10 Montreal NHL 13 0 0 0 -3 6 0.0 6
2010-11 Ham./Chicago AHL 49 11 30 41 -7 151 7.3 32
2010-11 Atlanta NHL 12 1 1 2 -6 13 7.7 9

Year Team Lg TOI ESTOI PPTOI SHTOI ZS% QoC Rk QoT Rk FO%
2008-09 Montreal NHL 9.89 9.58 0.23 0.08 63.6 16th of 18 18th of 18 37.7
2009-10 Montreal NHL 8.75 8.73 0.02 0.00 58.9 12th of 20 7th of 20 50.0
2010-11 Atlanta NHL 11.97 11.07 0.20 0.70 61.1 12th of 17 15th of 17 44.4

Maxwell could be in the same boat as Stapleton, only younger (23 years old to Stapleton's 29), and a little better at playmaking.  Once again, a guy like him could work on the 4th line, but probably not much higher.

All of the other potential centre prospects simply aren't ready (Eric O'Dell, Mark Scheifele), might never be ready (Riley Holzapfel), or are too old to be prospects and would just be filler (Jason Jaffray, Aaron Gagnon).  Granted, that might also be the fate of Maxwell and Stapleton, but they get grandfathered.

Rock the vote.

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