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03-03-2013, 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by BobbyClarkeFan16 View Post
Giroux might actually be more effective on the wing. People forget that when Giroux was drafted, he was a winger in the QMJHL. He played on the right side with Gatineau, but was versatile in that he could also play on the left side and also played a bit at center. The reason he was moved to center in Philadelphia was simply because of his play making skills. Has he excelled at the center spot? Absolutely. But just think how much better Giroux can be when his only responsibility would be offense. That's why moving a guy like Couturier to the top line and moving Giroux to the wing would be so ideal - Couturier could continue with the defensive assignments, while alleviating the defensive burden on Giroux.
You're still overlooking his faceoff prowess. There's no doubt he's skilled enough to play the wing, he's one of the most skilled players in the league, but it's a completely different game on the wing. Playing center you get a lot more room to work with which makes it harder to contain a guy like Claude. Some guys are just better suited to play center. Schenn has been a completely different player since moving back to center. We know how Briere is as well. Giroux can play wing for Team Canada if that makes you feel better, but you don't move your franchise player out of the #1 center role just to because you want to label Couturier a #1 center. You win with depth down the middle. There's a reason centers are more valued come draft day than wingers.

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