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
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?