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The Daily: Kuznetsov Snubbed in Center Ranking; Huberdeau’s Brain Going to Research



Maybe it will serve as motivation for Evgeny Kuznetsov and the Washington Capitals?

The NHL Network ranked the top 20 centers in the league and Washington Hockey Now’s Sammi Silber writes that Washington’s top line center was a shocking snub. She indicates that while Kuznetsov had a bounce back season in 2021-22, previous seasons since the Cup winning year in 2018 were disappointing.

As for those top 20 centers, Detroit’s Dylan Larkin wasn’t included, either.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Huberdeau, who recently signed a huge contract with the Calgary Flames, pledged to donate his brain for research on brain injuries.

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