It has been tried before.
Three years ago, to be exact.
On the night of Sept. 26, 2008, Patrick Kane sat in the corner of the Blackhawks' dressing room and shook his head while discussing the failed experiment to move him from right wing to center.
"Understanding where to be in your own zone really takes some time and development to learn," Kane said quietly after the Hawks had played the Wild in an exhibition game the then-19-year-old started at center.
The move lasted one period during which Minnesota raced out to a 3-0 lead. To open the second, Kane shifted back to right wing, where he'd played the prior season and had won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.
Since then, Kane has roamed the right side — until Monday's practice, when he centered a line with veterans Marian Hossa and Andrew Brunette. Afterward, Kane was again in the corner of the Hawks' room discussing the potential move.
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