There's no denying the Blackhawks have a handful of versatile forwards and that they're a good team because of it. But as talented as Patrick Sharp is and as good as veteran

Jamal Mayers may prove to be as a fourth-line center, having only true two centers could become a problem.

The Hawks will need rookie center Marcus Kruger to be the player they've billed him as — or at least close to it.

Meanwhile, the need has reached the point where coach Joel Quenneville is going to try star winger Patrick Kane in the middle this preseason.

Quenneville made that unexpected declaration after the Hawks lost 4-3 in a shootout against the Detroit Red Wings in exhibition play Sunday at Joe Louis Arena.

''It's something we're going to at least take a look at,'' Quenneville said. ''He was not complaining.''