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07-03-2013, 12:14 AM
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Why Winger Over Center?

I am not really sure if this is the right section, but here goes:

Why is it that talented wingers end up as wingers? I never played hockey growing up, so maybe I just have a misconception. However, it seems to me that the most talented kids would always tend toward playing center when they are young. Or is this idea way off?

For example, why is Ovechkin a winger? As a kid playing in Russia, wouldn't it have behooved his coach to put him as a center (assuming he stood out from the crowd then as now)? I just guess center is where talented kids get put because they can have a bigger impact on the game there, generally speaking. Am I wrong?

Any thoughts on this? I apologize if it seems stupid and simplistic.

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