Ranking the Calgary Flames needs this off-season

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The Flames desperately need to find their 1C

When going down the list of all time positions for every team in NHL history, the Flames may have the weakest center group in the league, as Joe Nieuwendyk ranks as the top center the team has ever seen. Since that point, they've seen solid play from the likes of Craig Conroy, Sean Monohan, Mikael Backlund, Elias Lindholm and most recently Nazem Kadri, but the future on the top line is incredibly bleak still for the Flames.

Yegor Sharnagovich showed flashes at the position, but excels most prominently on the wing, and while it may take some time for the Flames to fix their 1C spot with a potential draft pick, even the promise of a future would help energize Flames fans. Martin Necas has been floated as a potentially young option to fill the void for Calgary, while some in the organization may consider an overpay for Sam Reinhart, but both of those options simply don't fit with the Flames timeline.

This has been Calgary's top need since the days of their lone Stanley Cup win, but it has still yet to be filled, so while this off-season the Flames may land a center of the future, it's unclear whether or not they'll yet find a 1C moving forward.