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Bruins considering moving Gregory Campbell to wing so Ryan Spooner or Alexander Khokhlachev can play

Posted By DJ Bean On July 13, 2014 @ 1:36 pm In General | No Comments

WILMINGTON — The Bruins learned this season that Carl Soderberg was too good at center to play out of position on the wing, so they moved their third-line center, Chris Kelly [3], to left wing and saw that trio with Loui Eriksson become a superb third line.

Now, with young Providence centers Ryan Spooner and Alexander Khokhlachev seemingly ready for the NHL [4], Gregory Campbell [2] could be making the move to wing.

General manager Peter Chiarelli said Sunday that the team has discussed moving Campbell out of his natural center position to allow one of the young centers to play in the NHL [5].

The team has been hesitant to move Spooner or Khokhlachev to the wing because they feel the players are better suited for the middle.

“œWhen you move someone to the wing it’€™s the board work, and that’€™s what’€™s really tough,” Chiarelli said. ‘€œIt’€™s almost like pick your poison a little bit with the young guys, but those two players both have really good sticks and they’€™re smart, so body position and timing, getting pucks out of the boards, that’€™s the trickiest part when you move from center to wing, and then standing start.”

Campbell is tougher than both Spooner and Khokhlachev, so he’s more of a sure thing to be able to handle the board work and required battling that comes with playing on the wing.

Such a move would certainly be very Bruins of the Bruins. Claude Julien [6] loves having multiple centers on a line, as it gives him multiple players who can effectively take draws and give the Bruins possession. It’s part of the reason Rich Peverley [7], a center who was used primarily at wing in his Bruins career, was such a valuable asset in his Boston days.

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