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Ranking the top two centres on each team in the NHL's Western Conference

Ranking the projected one-two centre punches in the NHL's Western Conference:

1. Los Angeles Kings: Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter

The Stanley Cup winners set the gold standard in the West.

2. Anaheim Ducks: Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler

Kesler's addition gives the Ducks the size they need against L.A.

3. San Jose Sharks: Joe Thornton and Logan Couture

If Thornton stays, the Sharks are still stacked down the middle.

4. Dallas Stars: Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza

Spezza makes Dallas much more than a one-line team.

5. St. Louis Blues: Alex Steen and Paul Stastny

So many good centres, a couple will have to play on wing.

6. Colorado Avalanche: Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon

Losing Stastny hurts, but MacKinnon gets to shift to natural position.

7. Chicago Blackhawks: Jonathan Toews and Brad Richards

Getting Richards solved Blackhawks' biggest off-season need.

8. Minnesota Wild: Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund

Wild are strong on the wings but no slouches at centre.

9. Phoenix Coyotes: Martin Hanzal and Sam Gagner

Gagner is small, but Coyotes upgraded by dumping Mike Ribeiro.

10. Vancouver Canucks: Henrik Sedin and Nick Bonino

If Bonino continues to develop, Canucks will be just fine.

11. Winnipeg Jets: Bryan Little and Mark Scheifele

Scheifele's development is key for Winnipeg.

12. Nashville Predators: Mike Fisher and Olli Jokinen

It will be up to Peter Laviolette to maximize Predators' talent.

13. Edmonton Oilers: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl

Draisaitl is the future, even if he's not the present.

14. Calgary Flames: Sean Monahan and Matt Stajan

Young Flames would love No. 4 pick Sam Bennett to be ready soon.

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