I don't think he ever played center in the NHL. How can he, with the Avs, with Sakic, Forsberg, Drury, Yelle at center? Interesting to see Hockeydb say is a center and Drury a LW. Do you think NYR will try him on wing next year?
I think it's a idea to try him on center at camp, but it's not the same thing be a good winger and be a good center. Not a lot of winger became center and are effective. I remember Damphousse, but who else?
ouch...you have no clue what you are talking about... unless you talk about the movie.
No, they really are. Not to say they aren't important, but at the same time they aren't a huge, crucial factor in winning games. The difference between a good faceoff guy and a bad faceoff guy is 55% to 45%, and the effect of losing a faceoff is overstated because individual instances of important faceoffs leading to key results stick out im memory. Statistically, faceoff % has a low correlation to winning games.
In practice, too, whenever really important faceoffs happen you systematically use your best guy, especially if he's a guy who is reliable defensively like Koivu -- so the impact of the worst guy on faceoffs is lessened. In some cases you can use the better faceoff guy for the faceoff and change him immediately. This isn't a case where you're only as strong as your weakest link -- with good coaching you can shield your weakest faceoff guy.