Defenseman AND Forward
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01-18-2013, 12:03 PM
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Nathan Dempsey played forward in his original NHL stint in the mid-90s and was a defenseman almost exclusively afterwards.
Yannick Weber and Mark Streit have played both. So did Christoph Schubert.
Mathieu Dandenault is also of note.
Jason Strudwick played some F with the Oilers over the past few seasons, too.
That's all I can think of off the top of my head right now, though.
good call on Dempsey, Weber and Strudwick.
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Burns was a RW in junior but was switched to D after being drafted by Minnesota. Never played F in the NHL.
Baumgartner was a D with the Isles and Kings, but switched to LW when traded to the Leafs and never played D again.
Moran, Clymer and Poeschek definitely all played F and D. I seem to recall that Twist was a D in STL early in his career, but he might have just been one in junior. I'm not sure about Ivanans, Thornton or Bourque.
In all honesty, though, I don't remember Jamie Heward ever playing forward.
Looks like Burns doesn't really count then.
Heward I didn't remember either, but I saw that on hockey-reference and he fit the profile - an offensively oriented defenseman who was barely NHL-caliber defensively. He was only a D-man in Toronto and St. John's (and with the Pats), but was a forward in midget. True story, my dad converted him to defenseman... Mr. Heward was furious at first.
Actually... wow... I just checked, and it was just 2006-07 when Heward apparently was a winger, for Toronto. Not 100% sure, but I thought he was exclusively a defenseman. I remember his 1st NHL goal very well, November 2nd, 2006, in a rare win against the Wings on Saturday night. So this might be wrong.
On the other hand... if you add up all the GP by the other players called "D" on Toronto in 1996-97, it adds up to 486, or 5.93 per game. If you include Heward's 16 games, it's 6.12. So the likely answer is, he did play "some" forward that season, perhaps about 10 games, and 6 on D, which would take them to the "perfect" number of 492. In any case, that wouldn't make him a good answer for this thread... there are much better ones.
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