I wasn't aware strength was a requirement to be a center specifically as compared to playing the wing. You would think I would know about that, having played primarily center for a couple decades now. I can understand the size and strength preference of having someone like Getzlaf or Thornton to a Hudler or Comrie. I get that. But that doesn't make Hudler incapable of playing center. And if you had been paying attention, I specifically put him on the line Datsyuk had been centering because it was between Franzen and Bertuzzi; two big strong wingers. Remember; Gretzky was small, but he had big strong wingers.
I would say strength does come into play more as a center then a wing. As a center you are the most responsible forward on the ice. Which includes winning key defensive battles in front of the net and down low. He hasn't shown that he could win a battle that well this year, to me thats a strength problem he gets pushed around so easily. I'm sure hes completely capable of playing center but I for one would not want hudler to be responsible for covering the front of the net at any time nor trying to help win battles down low. And if you have hudler with franzen and bertuzzi, they're going against top forwards when hudler has little if none NHL experience as center. But what do I know, i was primarily a winger. I would much rather have a big strong center then a weak one. I'm not saying your wrong or anything its just my opinion of a good center.
Edited by brett, 23 December 2010 - 04:12 AM.