With just two NHL preseason games remaining before the Bruins depart for Europe, it doesn’t sound like head coach Claude Julien has decided anything yet when it comes to a fourth center to replace the injured Marc Savard and skate on what essentially should be the third line.
In a conference call today, Julien said he still wants to see No. 2 overall pick Tyler Seguin play in the middle (Seguin has skated on the wing in his two preseason games) and also get a longer look at Blake Wheeler at center (Wheeler played there some in his one preseason appearance).
“If we put one guy there, that may open a spot for another winger. So we may need another winger. It really leaves the battle wide open,” said Julien. “It’s not just a center’s spot. It could be a winger going to center and that opens up a winger’s spot.”
The coach also noted that Joe Colborne and Zach Hamill have to get a longer look as well. It s0unds like most of Boston’s young players will get a chance to face Washington in D.C. Tuesday because, Julien said, the team will give a lot of veterans the chance to stay home and have some family time before playing Wednesday at TD Garden and then departing for Belfast.