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05-02-2013, 07:52 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Precisely my point. Let me break it down in this Wikipedia definition of a Center.
The whole thing is important, but lets focus on the bolded part.
Jordan Staal lacks being a gifted passer and is "ice vision", intelligence, and creativity are low-end compared to a prototypical top-6 Center. Victor Rask has all of these traits, he is a playmaking Center.
However, Jordan Staal may be the best in the NHL at playing the defensively oriented Center role. He back-checks very well, he is big and strong, and he can shut down opposing forwards in the most important defensive forward position.
If put in a winger role, Jordan would be allowed more freedom to battle along the boards, spend more time around the net using his big body as a screen, and have the ability to find seams in which to use his shot and score some more goals.
Posting point totals is almost meaningless. Ovechkin scores a ton of points but he wouldn't make a good Center.
If Jordan is more suited for the wing, why did Pittsburgh keep him at center when they were starving for wingers?
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