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07-08-2010, 12:54 PM
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The NHL is a massively different situation than playing in junior when A) you are better than almost everybody and B) your team is one of the best junior teams of all time.

Playing center in the NHL is no picnic, that is why they are highly sought after.
Agreed. I still can't believe Stauffer is pushing for Penner to play center next year. I just don't see the footspeed.

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It's not as easy as that. It's tough to outright say 'he's a center' when he has played wing for the most part the last two seasons.
Good point! Okay sometimes its easier to look at issues from the other angle. What does it take to play center

Speed
Skill
Good Hand eye coordination
Hockey smarts
Faceoff ability

He has all of those, as mentioned a bit rusty on the faceoffs. Of all those items its the only one that can be taught.

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I still don't get posters trying to discredit/question Hall's ability to play center. Hall said he can. Bougher, who at this point is the only one "qualified" to make that statement [since he's seen him play the last 3 years] says he can. Heck, Hall's played center for the first 30ish games according to him.

I say until he screws up in the bigs, ease up posters.

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I think he can play center or RW ... it doesn't really matter because he's so talented.

The question is which position he'd excel most at. But again, he may be so talented that that may not even matter either.

Start him off at LW, and ease him into center as the year goes on. See if it takes. If it does, that's one less thing to worry about.

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I think he can play center or RW ... it doesn't really matter because he's so talented.

The question is which position he'd excel most at. But again, he may be so talented that that may not even matter either.

Start him off at LW, and ease him into center as the year goes on. See if it takes. If it does, that's one less thing to worry about.
Agree 100% I would even throw him in goal if Khabby starts struggling.

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I think he can play center or RW ... it doesn't really matter because he's so talented.

The question is which position he'd excel most at. But again, he may be so talented that that may not even matter either.

Start him off at LW, and ease him into center as the year goes on. See if it takes. If it does, that's one less thing to worry about.
Agreed. Who knows...maybe by the time he's 20 years old we will have completely forgotten that he came into the league as a left winger....but it is important to ease him into the NHL so starting at LW is probably what's best for him.

I'm pretty sure it was Bob Stauffer that said he fully expects the Oilers to give Hall every opportunity to prove he's a centerman in the preseason. I hope so.

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I'm pretty sure it was Bob Stauffer that said he fully expects the Oilers to give Hall every opportunity to prove he's a centerman in the preseason. I hope so.
It makes the rebuild so much easier if he can play there.

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it's CENTRE, people. We're Canadians.

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it's CENTRE, people. We're Canadians.
Not all Canaidans arent goode spallors.

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I still don't get posters trying to discredit/question Hall's ability to play center. Hall said he can. Bougher, who at this point is the only one "qualified" to make that statement [since he's seen him play the last 3 years] says he can. Heck, Hall's played center for the first 30ish games according to him.

I say until he screws up in the bigs, ease up posters.
Another thing is the draft is over, Hall/Boughner don't really have to say anything now to help improve his draft position. They can be frank and honest about what he can do. If Boughner still exists Hall can be an NHL center, why not consider the possibility?

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it's CENTRE, people. We're Canadians.
Center - Centre
Honor - Honour
Color - Colour
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It doesn't matter that much. I'm not going to entre an argument over this

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It really would make things a lot easier if he could:

Penner - Hall - Hemsky
MPS - Gagner - Eberle
Brule - Horcoff - Cogliano
Jones - Fraser - Stortini

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Not all Canaidans arent goode spallors.
I know. Buncha friggin Morans!


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It really would make things a lot easier if he could:

Penner - Hall - Hemsky
MPS - Gagner - Eberle
Brule - Horcoff - Cogliano
Jones - Fraser - Stortini
I think there might still be changes in the bottom 6, but this top 6 works for me. The other possibility I like would be to switch Penner and MPS.

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His first year I suspect he will spend the majority of his time on the wing and will slot in at center every once in a while. I think the Oilers will experiment and give Hall ample opportunities to succeed as a center but I don't expect that to occur until he has atleast half a season of NHL experience.

It would certainly allow more balance in the top-6 if Hall does eventually play center.

Paajarvi - Hall - Hemsky
Penner - Gagner - Eberle

If all three rookies play up to their potential in two to three years time that is one of the most balanced elite top-6 line-ups in the league. (That first line would be the fasted in the NHL bar-none)

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Center - Centre
Honor - Honour
Color - Colour
Defense - Defence

It doesn't matter that much. I'm not going to entre an argument over this
I got a chuckle. Good stuff. In all honesty though, I could really care less about proper spelling on the internet, it's not about that, it's just... we're Americanized enough as it is... I like the idea of preserving the last few "unique" things we have left. Canadian i.e. British English spelling is something, whether people acknowledge or not - that sets a distinction between us and them. I grew up being taught that way and for me it's a little pet peeve, that's all. Like when I hear people say "zee" rather than "zed" for instance (Sesame Street FTL)...

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It really would make things a lot easier if he could:

Penner - Hall - Hemsky
MPS - Gagner - Eberle
Brule - Horcoff - Cogliano
Jones - Fraser - Stortini
hugely easier. I'm still not convinced somehow of Taylor's ability to play C... but if he could, and be above average at it, or be borderline superstar at this position it would be simply fantastic. Those are the best lines I've seen, these that you posted. Agree with everything. Just wish they could manage to trade Cogliano because I'm sure the kid is sick of playing with turds in a bottom 6 role (besides him not being suited for it anyways), however Brule is a not a turd so this would at least be a brief step up for him...

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dont worry vagabond
i supported hall 100000% of the way
i would have cried pain if we drafted seguin
This was me all the way as well. I would have accepted Seguin but my heart was set on Hall since the World Juniors in December.

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It really would make things a lot easier if he could:

Penner - Hall - Hemsky
MPS - Gagner - Eberle
Brule - Horcoff - Cogliano
Jones - Fraser - Stortini
Those lines are deadly. I'd love to see them ice that. Funny how when the top 6 is set like that the third line falls into place fairly neatly as one you wouldn't mind seeing a fair chunk of minutes.

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What was the name of that other guy who played centre besides Hall?


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What was the name of that other guy who played centre besides Hall?
Normally Hall played with Henrique at C.

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I'm pretty sure it was Bob Stauffer that said he fully expects the Oilers to give Hall every opportunity to prove he's a centerman in the preseason. I hope so.
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It makes the rebuild so much easier if he can play there.
It would quite frankly be a Godsend for the rebuild. Hall and Gagner down the middle and MPS and Eberle on the wings and maybe 1 of Hemsky/Penner there as well. Then we'd just need a #1 d-man, a really good goaltender, and team depth to become contenders.

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I think he can play center or RW ... it doesn't really matter because he's so talented.

The question is which position he'd excel most at. But again, he may be so talented that that may not even matter either.

Start him off at LW, and ease him into center as the year goes on. See if it takes. If it does, that's one less thing to worry about.
I would have no problem with this and with injuries things move quicker than we think at times. I hope the Oilers before too long (as in in camp) come up with a plan that helps him along on this path.

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It really would make things a lot easier if he could:

Penner - Hall - Hemsky
MPS - Gagner - Eberle
Brule - Horcoff - Cogliano
Jones - Fraser - Stortini
If Horcoff, Brule, and Cogs bought into the shutdown role that line could have some promise as a shutdown line. The top 6 looks very young, but VERY promising as well. In 2-3 years if we kept Hemsky and Penner that would be a very formidable top 6.

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