Now on the left wing for the Carolina Hurricanes, Eric Staal ...
Don't expect that to happen. Staal was used on the wing at Canada's Olympic orientation camp last week in Calgary and said he enjoyed it, but certainly not enough to tell Canes coach Paul Mauirce he'd like to make a shift this season.
"It's different," Staal said today. "You're used to playing center most of your life. But in the end, it's still hockey, and it's still a game.
"I feel like I'm a pretty versatile guy who can kinda play in every situation and play the left side and play it well, which is what I want to do. Hopefully I'll get that opportunity (for Team Canada)."
Staal said he played the wing "a little bit" as a rookie with the Canes and as very young player.
"I'd rather stick to my natural position for our team here," he said, smiling.
Staal came away from the four-day camp in Calgary feeling good about his performance. He said brothers Jordan and Marc also did their part in impressing the coaches.
"Hopefully I'll get a good start to this year and be there in February," he said.
Vancouver, that is. With Team Canada.