Well if he only wants to play center he's only going to make it tougher on himself in trying to stick here
What value is he if he can only play or only wants to play a single position? It limits the coaching staff's decisions when it comes to moving guys around and they are absolutely not going to go out of their way to make it work because it is what he wants - what is more valuable a guy who can only play one position that has a handful of roster spots, or a guy who can play any forward position and can play in a dozen different roster spots
Maybe he'll come around and the coaching, friends, countrymen, etc can help him become comfortable at playing wing, but not the greatest words to chose on your first day with up with a new organization
OK so now being honest is bad. What the hell is happening on here today?
You act like he`s the first center to be born and raised at that position and sucking at others. There`s gazillion of them out there in the NHL, they just don`t say it out loud. Coaches don`t even challenge them to change their natural position. Just because we`ve almost always had the luxury of having a versatile group of forwards/interchangable parts doesn`t mean that having a pure center is a bad thing. Gotta agree with Wingman though, he`s making it tougher on himself, but that`s the point. It`s his career, his responsibility.
If he said something like our Swedes use to say "I`ll try to adjust if the coaches put me there" you`d all be like "kid`s not confident enough, he does feel bad about playing at wing yadda yadda".
For ****`s sake, stop flipping the coin how you like it.
Loktionov actually said that playing wing was "a huge problem for me."
Not okay... Just, not okay.
I pointed this out and was VERY strongly telling you this for a reason.
He just can't play wing.
I'm not sure what role your system will call for him but if you want him on your 4th line and expect him to play any sort of checking role, you're playing yourself right in to the issue LA had with him. He's far too weak to play that role. Hopefully that isn't how the Devs use him because he has all the tools to be a very good player in this league. He's just never had a REAL shot to impress.
Because of his size and lack of strength, he isn't effective along the boards, and will struggle mightily on the wings; he will get tossed around by NHL'ers, he himself doesn't have an NHL frame. However, once in the open ice, he is shifty, elusive, and can make great passes. It was clear early on with the Kings, that he was a pure natural center, and not a winger, which is the very reason why the Kings traded him. He would be playing with us now if he could play wing.
"It has not been a good day. I lost my glasses early this morning and I had to go buy a pair of 79 dollar reading glasses today. 79 bucks. You can literally get them at Costco, three-for-20." - Darryl Sutter's response to going up 2-0 in the series.
Like I already said maybe it will get Matteau off the first line, and we could put Henrique on that wing. Lokti centers Patty, and Clarkie? I mean if he's any good it's gotta be better than Matteau on the first line. Matteau on the first line is a joke.