BUFFALO – A year ago, the thought of Cody Hodgson playing anywhere but center would have seemed absurd.
The Sabres had few viable options down the middle. Tyler Ennis was still bouncing between two forward spots. Zemgus Girgensons was just beginning his NHL career as a winger.
Besides, Hodgson had just signed a six-year, $25.5 million contract extension to be the No. 1 pivot.
But late in the season, following an evaluation period, the team’s new regime mapped out the future. Ennis had …