Flyers' big boost, Islanders on an island
Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux crossed the 100-point mark for the first time in his career last season after making the move from centre to left wing.
Head coach Dave Hakstol's decision to move Giroux benefited not only the 30-year-old, but also centre Sean Couturier, who posted a career-high point total.
However, after losing Valtteri Filppula to free agency and failing to add a centre to replace him, John Boruk of NBC Sports Philadelphia believes Giroux is likely to move back to his old position after just one season on the wing.
Boruk notes the move would give the team a depth chart of Couturier, Giroux, Nolan Patrick and Jori Lehtera down the middle, while keeping Giroux on the top line at left wing would force Scott Laughton to serve as the team's third-line centre.
Giroux had 34 goals and 68 assists (both career highs) on the wing last season, while Couturier, who finished second in Selke Trophy voting, had 31 goals and 76 points.
If Giroux moves back to centre, Boruk believes Couturier would centre the team's top line with newly signed winger James van Riemsdyk and Travis Konecny, while Michael Raffl and Jakub Voracek would line up with Giroux.