TSN’s Bob McKenzie believes the Canucks will give Dalpe a look at centre after spending his entire NHL career at wing.
Dalpe will get chance to play C in VAN. Had been W and C in CAR, lot of W. Natural C at OSU. Guessing Welsh is Utica bound.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 29, 2013
However, it doesn’t mean it is the end of the line for Schroeder’s career as a Canuck. Dalpe still needs to prove himself as a NHL player.
Most importantly, you can never have too much depth at centre. The best teams have the most depth at centre and the ‘extras’ playing out of position.
Take the 2011 edition of the Boston Bruins, who had David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin, Gregory Campbell, Chris Kelly, and Rich Peverley listed on the roster as centres. Kelly and Peverley both played wing for most of the postseason.
You can go back further and see how much depth each Stanley Cup winning team had at centre.
The acquisition of Dalpe will give the Canucks depth at centre and if he holds onto a roster spot, you will likely see guys like Richardson, Santorelli, and Schroeder move to the wings.
Schroeder is currently out three weeks with a hairline fracture in his left foot.