Logjam at Center: Dubinsky to the wing?
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07-20-2008, 08:45 PM
Join Date: May 2008
Location: NYC Area
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Beeing a old center myself I know that it can be tricky to move to the wing for some centers -- especially depending on the role you get.
Like a center needs to be able to accelerate much more explosive then a
-- and a center almost never gets to practise at jumping into holes and reciving a pass as high up ice as a winger does.
Some centers feels like aren't able to get into the game when they are moved to the wing. Like they skate and skate and almost never gets to touch the puck.
I am afraid that Dubinsky is that type of center who would feel uncomfortable on the wing. He do not got that explosive acceleration -- like when you take a couple of short explosve strides, he is more the type of skater who takes longer powerful strides and accelerates a bit slower.
I am not about to rule out the possibility of Dubinsky playing the wing, but I am skeptical.
As for this debate, I personally believe Dubinsky should be moved to the wing. Gomez and Drury signed long-term deals, so when you talk about the Rangers' "future" you have to talk about those two. Drury and Gomez are also excellent in the defensive zone, and both are extremely good faceoff men. Dubinsky on the other hand is the closest we have to a power forward, and he shouldn't be buried behind those two. Drury and Gomez getting the big money, and they are probably gonna get the top billing when it comes to playing. Unless Voros takes a sip of some really powerful Kool-Aid, we have nobody up front that can be
physical a la John LeClair on those late 90s Philly teams. Not saying Dubi is gonna turn into John LeClair, but having a guy who can play that role on a prominent line wouldn't hurt this team.
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