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Poll: Zemgus Girgensons Move To Centre: Good Or Bad?

I’m sure I don’t have to convince you that when the General Manager has to tell his head coach to move one of their promising young players back to their natural position, there might be a problem. However, that’s exactly what happened after Ted Nolan and Tim Murray had a talk yesterday,  and the GM decided it was time to move Zemgus Girgensons back to centre.

For tonight’s game Girgensons will likely centre the third line like he did in practice the other day, while Cody Hodgson and Tyler Ennis flank the top two lines. He is a natural centre so the switch of positions shouldn’t be too much for him to handle after a few games and some Olympic playing time.

Nolan saw Girgensons as a power-forward and wanted to keep him on the wing for the foreseeable future, however the GM

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had other idea’s and wanted to see the kid have some time playing his natural position going forward. If the move pans out, it’s one less thing the Buffalo Sabres need to worry about while rebuilding. Zemgus Girgensons will likely never be the number one centre, but having Hodgson and him as second and third line centre’s is still pretty solid.

With the work ethic and willingness to compete Girgensons has within him, centre may be the best place for him. He isn’t afraid to mix it up in the corners, and he’s always setting up his teammates. His next challenge is to consistently put the puck in the net as the Buffalo Sabres don’t have anyone who can consistently score right now and going forward.

Whether Girgensons sticks at centre is ultimately up to him and how he performs pre-Olympics, during the Olympics as well as the rest of this season. Murray said he would like to see him at centre for the future, but who know’s how long the experiment will last if he doesn’t adapt well.

Do you like the Buffalo Sabres moving Zemgus Girgensons to play up the middle? Does he give the Sabres a viable centre option going forward?

Moving Girgensons to the middle: Good or Bad?

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  • Jes

    We never really had to worry about the 2nd or 3rd line center position so this doesn’t really mark anything off for the future. Hodgson makes great #2 and he’s very young and seems to be wanting to stay here for awhile. Man I hope all goes well with us landing McDavid.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Imagine having McDavid-Hodgson-Reinhart/Bennett and Girgensons as capable centres going forward. Crazy eh?

      • Jes

        That would be insane. If that does happen then the hockey gods have finally smiled upon the Buffalo Sabres.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          Please hockey gods… please

  • Mike Flynn

    This move affects grigorenko more than girgensons as now I see no room for him going forward, if we draft reinhart and can also get mcdavids the following year that gives us five centers who can play a top six role hodgson Ennis girgensons Reinhart and mcdavid definately see grigorenko getting packaged with miller at the deadline to land a solid return. Even without mcdavid I think gringos time in buffalo is almost done unless he does a complete 360

    • Caitlin Campbell

      That’s a good point- this could mark the end of Grigorenko’s time in Buffalo.