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What Does the Acquisition of Zac Dalpe Mean for Jordan Schroeder?

The acquisition of centres Zac Dalpe and Jeremy Welsh by the Vancouver Canucks has raised questions about the future of 2009 first round pick Jordan Schroeder for some.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie believes the Canucks will give Dalpe a look at centre after spending his entire NHL career at wing.

The acquisition gives the Canucks at least seven centres on its roster: Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler, Brad Richardson, Mike Santorelli, Jordan Schroeder, and Dalpe.

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.

The Los Angeles Kings in 2012 had Richardson, Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards, Jarret Stoll, Colin Fraser, Jeff Carter, and Trevor Lewis. Richardson, Carter, and Lewis all played the wing.

Last season, the Chicago Blackhawks had Jonathan Toews, Michal Handzus, Dave Bolland, Marcus Kruger, Patrick Sharp, and Andrew Shaw. Sharp and Shaw both played wing.

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.

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