The Pittsburgh Penguins have long been in search of an effective 3rd line centre after losing Nick Bonino to free agency this past summer. Jim Rutherford acquired Riley Sheahan to fill the position, but he's shown himself to be more of a fourth line centre.
A month-long injury to centre Carter Rowney has forced Mike Sullivan's hand, as he has shifted Jake Guentzel from the wing to the middle.
“We have chosen not to to this point because we felt as though he has been better served playing one the wing, but we know (Guentzel) is capable of playing center,” Sullivan said, as reported by TribLIVE's Chris Adamski. “He's played center in the past, he's comfortable playing center. That's always an option for us. We've never taken it off the table.”
This experiment may last the whole month of January - and it could completely change Rutherford's plans moving forward. The goal was always to acquire a 3rd line centre - and it may very well still be - but if this works out well, they may shift their attention to the wing in the trade market.