Center duties await Wheeler

MONTREAL — Blake Wheeler has spent most of his first two NHL seasons on the left wing. Tonight, Wheeler will get some shifts at center, a position he played in college at the University of Minnesota.

“He’s a guy who’s played center his whole career until he came to us, and we put him on the wing,” coach Claude Julien said. “Right now, with [Marc Savard] not with us right away, I wouldn’t mind seeing the different options. We want Tyler [Seguin] to have that opportunity. But here’s another guy in Wheels who’s played center before. We’re going to look at different options. Joe Colborne is another guy who’s having a good camp. So we’re going to really look at those options. Hopefully they’ll help us make some decisions.”

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Julien noted Wheeler’s size and hands as two characteristics in his favor as a center.

“Maybe in the middle, it will give him a little bit more room,” Julien said. “We’ll see. This is a great time to be trying those things. In exhibition games, you’ve got to experiment sometimes.”

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