Ruff says Sabres in "scary category" with youth at center
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10-04-2012, 06:59 PM
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How obviously good he was there flanked by two big wingers who could take care of most of the physical stuff for him. Why wouldn't you want your (at least at the end of last season) best offensive player playing in the position he's been most successful at? Especially if it's the most important forward position?
Because it's not what they drafted or developed him to be. You're looking short-term with him playing with Foligno and Stafford. Yes, it's what they want going into this season, and it's what most people want. That doesn't mean they want Ennis there long-term. If Hodgson, Grigorenko and Girgensons all work out, you have 3 very capable centers available for the top 3 lines. They still might want Ennis to slide back to wing long-term once they're all ready to go, which could be as early as next season.
His tenure at center is also very limited, so you're not working with a whole lot of data. His play at wing is way more established, so saying he's been the most successful there is flawed.
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