It would be a real waste to play him on the wing. One of the greatest strengths to his game is his 2-way positional play, the way he can break up plays defensively, and break down defences offensively. He has great vision, he really understands what's going on all around him, you want a player like that in the middle of the ice. Confining him to one wing, and having him simply cover a point man in the defensive zone, would really be a waste of his talent. Of the top centre prospects that I've seen a good amount of in this draft (Barkov, MacKinnon, Monahan and Lazar; haven't seen Lindholm), I'd say Barkov is the "purest" centre of the group.
Ha, Fans from Finland would hate that. Who would play center in future WC's for Finland with Koivu, Granlund and Barkov all on the wild(assuming they figure out their is a post season they can play in)
0-1 Jarno Koskiranta (Antti Erkinjuntti, Chris Connolly)
0-2 Ville Nieminen (Jannik Hansen, Teemu Aalto) PP GWG
1-2 Antti Miettinen (Johan Larsson, O-P. Grönholm)
1-3 Jerry Ahtola (Alexander Barkov, Chris Connolly)