The Blue Jackets Could Turn to Alexandre Texier for Minutes at Center

By Jacob Nitzberg on September 7, 2019 at 9:10 am
Apr 16, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Alexandre Texier (42) against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game four of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nationwide Arena.
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Pierre-Luc Dubois has the No. 1 center spot nailed down.

From there, it's question marks. The Blue Jackets have a lot of players that have played center, but many of those players have spent equal or more time on the wing.

Alexander Wennberg is a center by trade, but if he starts disappointingly, John Tortorella may put him on the wing. He may already be starting the season there.

Nick Foligno is better suited to the wing, but he has played center many times. Boone Jenner is another example of a player that's done both. 

Realistically, Wennberg is the only center on the roster with the skill and vision for second-line minutes. Jenner's style of play is better suited for a third or fourth-line role. 

If Wennberg struggles, the Blue Jackets may have another trick up their sleeve. Alexandre Texier played as a center before being called up to the NHL. Texier has the skill and speed to center an NHL second line, and he'll have the strength to do it too after his first full NHL offseason.

In fact, Texier is playing center at the Traverse City prospect tournament.

He played impressively in the Blue Jackets' first game, notching a goal in a 6-2 win over the New York Rangers.

After an exodus of attacking talent, Texier's versatility will help the club significantly in his first full NHL season.

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