On day 5 of our MHH staff retreat to Tenerife we took a guided bus tour of some of some of the island's national parks and scenic treasures, ending up at the 1000-year old Dragon Tree which is apparently a giant form of asparagus.
Mr Fish and I asked our guide Benacio if it would be okay to climb it, but he indicated we would be happier staying on the ground. We made due with a tasty picnic of lobster salad with pimiento and carmelized shallots washed down by Portuguese Ice Wine.
Back at the hotel we once again convened in the billiard room to discuss Nathan MacKinnon.
True or False: Nathan MacKinnon MUST be moved to Center to reach his full potential and effectiveness for the Avalanche.
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If he doesn't work at center, oh well. Many wingers in the league were drafted at center and ended up being wingers. Phil Kessel and Patrick Kane are two of the better examples.
True. Otherwise, you may have wasted a pick on Rantanen and the O'Reilly trade looks much worse in retrospect. I can be convinced otherwise, but that's how I think we sit today.
Probably true. That's his natural position and he's been far more effective there than he has been as a winger. We could always see how he plays as a defenseman or goaltender though.
False. Mack isn't being oppressed by Coach Roy. He's playing wing because the guys next to him at center, first Stastny then donut boy, have been better players. Add this to the need for his production and skill in the top 2 lines, not on the third, and we are where we are.
I have no doubt that Mack will eventually become the dominant player we all believe him to be. When that happens, when he begins to dictate play and be the driving force on his line he will in effect become the center and gradually we will see him be the guy that lines up at the faceoff dot to begin play. I see no need to arbitrarily name him 'center' before that happens.
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What do you say, dear reader? True or False?