Err.. was anyone expecting him to play centre this season? Yes, he's a winger this season, no doubt.
this...and most likely next season as well i cant see him moving back to centre for at least 2 years 1) we have 3 top 9 centres currently b) helps him adjust to the nhl level while not having as much pressure on him
Defense and faceoff ability needs to improve for him to play C at an NHL level, this is a good move for now. He played his best last year at LW, both in the AHL and NHL. Plenty of guys who were Cs their whole life pre-NHL start their NHL careers on the wing, then move to C if it seems like the right move later on, or simply just stay on the wing if they seem better suited there long term.
Besides, this is completely expected, wasn't everyone penciling him in as our 3rd line LW, with Bozak at C and Army at RW? I know I was.
The talent is there, no question. I think the problem with having Kadri and Kessel playing on the same line is that they're going to be way too undersized in the match ups with other team's top lines. Add in Connolly who's barely over 6 feet and that might be a recipe for disaster.
Not surprised at all by this. Kadri has proven he can play at the AHL level, now it's time for him to be broken into the NHL. That starts with 3rd line wing duty/minutes. Depending on his play he could move up to second line wing duty/minutes. And finally if he progresses like a 7th overall pick can, we may see him as the 1st or 2nd line centre 3 years from now. No point in throwing him to the wolves in the #1 C spot this year. He's not ready for that job yet.
it's just not a problem for me. so many centres have converted to wing. most of the time, they put the most talented players at centre in Junior. doesn't mean that's their best position, just that coaches want their strongest puck handlers at centre.
The GM is saying where a player is going to play? Yeah... I'll believe this when Ron says it, not the GM who puts no say on the lines the coach plays. This can even change in the season or after training camp... Right now I'd say he's a winger/centre, don't know why you'd say he's playing wing or centre, let the coach decide.