Anthony Beauvillier was moved back to center on Sunday evening, and he impressed against New Jersey's top line.
Beauvillier switched places with Brock Nelson, as their line drew the Devils' top unit led by Taylor Hall, and his teammates came away with a favorable impression.
"I know firsthand as a young guy who came up as a center, it's hard to play along the wall when you're not used to it," Ryan Strome said of his linemate who returned to his natural position. "It's tough to win those battles. I thought Beau looked really comfortable in the middle. He brought that speed and I think it helped our line."
Beauvillier, who notched the primary assist on Strome's first goal, was a +1 on the night.
I was really impressed with the two-way game Beauvillier played against Hall, Zajac, and Palmieri. The knock on Beau coming up was whether he had the size and discipline to play at his level, and I think he showed on Sunday that he has both. It's really been quite a maturation process even from the beginning of October, where at times, I thought he looked a little lost without the puck.
Personally, I like Beauvillier on the wing better, because not only does it allow him to play off the walls with more ice to create offense, but it gives Brock Nelson the freedom to search for more the opportunities rip that lethal wrister. I'd love to see the new kids line look like this moving forward, because at least for one night, it worked to perfection