It's true that they'll try it, since there are no better options on the market. He played centre in University, so it's not completely foreign, but there's a lot to learn. Hopefully he has enough time in the NHL under his belt that he can handle adding another learning curve. Kind of a low risk gamble, really. If it doesn't work, you move him back to wing. if it does, you've got your big-bodied top-line centre, and he gets more open ice which might cut down on injuries.