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Wendel Clark, drafted 1st overall as a D then switched to LW?

Anybody here old enough to shed some light on Wendel Clark being drafted 1st overall by the Leafs then immediately converted to left wing? I think he had a pretty impressive jr career and was ranked 5th overall heading into the draft. Was he just too reckless to play D at the NHL level? How was he defensively in jr and did he play any forward as a jr? It would be pretty unheard of these days to draft a defenceman 1st overall and then immediately switch him to the wing.
His father always felt he should have stayed on D from what I recall.

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Anybody here old enough to shed some light on Wendel Clark being drafted 1st overall by the Leafs then immediately converted to left wing? I think he had a pretty impressive jr career and was ranked 5th overall heading into the draft. Was he just too reckless to play D at the NHL level? How was he defensively in jr and did he play any forward as a jr? It would be pretty unheard of these days to draft a defenceman 1st overall and then immediately switch him to the wing.
His father always felt he should have stayed on D from what I recall.
If I remember correctly, it was Terry Simpson who used him as a forward (and D for atleast one game) during the '85 world juniors. It was s success so he kept plaing the forward position but I think he got some D time to even with the leafs. Maybe minimal but still something.

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