Patrick Kane was back in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., at the start of the summer when his phone rang.

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman was on the line, and he had an idea to switch Kane from right wing, where he had been a two-time All-Star, to center.

"I was all for it," Kane said.

But when he found out he needed surgery on his left wrist, Kane figured the plans had been scrapped.

"I thought I probably was going to be slotted back on the right wing because of just getting back to normal, back to 100 percent," Kane said. "I was a little bit surprised at first when I came to camp [and was asked to play center]."