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10-03-2008, 12:07 PM
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Ian White to play forward?

per Hockey Central at noon...weird.

but, with everyone hurt, it'll give us something to watch tonight i guess.

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10-03-2008, 12:14 PM
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http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2008/...afs_wings_pre/
Sounds like it's just for tonight and because of the injuries.

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10-03-2008, 12:16 PM
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Imagine he lights it up and gets like 2g, 2a. Ahhh, the stories that would come out of Leaf Land..lol

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10-03-2008, 12:18 PM
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He was actually given a couple of decent linemates. Maybe if he impresses a bit tonight they will give him a longer look at forward, you never know. The more creative players we have up front the better.

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10-03-2008, 12:21 PM
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This is definitely interesting, I always wondered how he would be as a forward

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10-03-2008, 12:23 PM
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hey you always hear about Dave Stieb being an outfielder before converting to pitcher, so maybe something will come out of this.

Maybe White can become the Next Todd Marchant, smaller guy with speed to burn and decent defensively (considering he is a d man by trade)

Then again, maybe not

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I think he'd be interesting as a forward as well. He has a great shot, and being able to unload it from the half boards or the face off circle might create something interesting.

He's probably not a long term solution up there, but if it works, it works.

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10-03-2008, 12:24 PM
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I believe Wendal Clark started as a defencman in junior before converting to forward.

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10-03-2008, 12:26 PM
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i really liked this news when i heard it. ive always liked white on the offensive end of the ice, he's creative and has a good shot.

should be interesting.

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10-03-2008, 12:29 PM
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I bet there's no way I wouldn't like him more on forward than I do on defense.

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It worked for Clark and Leeman

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It worked for Clark and Leeman
add in Courtnall and you have the Hound Line. If you listen closely you can hear Meatloaf singing 2 out of 3 Ain't Bad....... Leeman = Gilmour, Clark = Sundin and Courtnall = Kordic

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I bet there's no way I wouldn't like him more on forward than I do on defense.
We've been waiting for him to be pushed to forward for a couple years now.

Already like RW's results better than PM's ... and the season hasn't started.

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add in Courtnall and you have the Hound Line. If you listen closely you can hear Meatloaf singing 2 out of 3 Ain't Bad....... Leeman = Gilmour, Clark = Sundin and Courtnall = Kordic
It definitely won't be the first time a defenceman has converted to the wing.

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It definitely won't be the first time a defenceman has converted to the wing.
The Habs use to dress a guy name Jimmy Roberts back in the 70's. He would move back and forth. Ottawa will be doing that with Schubert by the sounds of it this year

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this could be huge!.......for his fantasy value

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YES! ive been waiting for this ever since we brought white up, he always seemed out of place on the blueline...

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I've been saying they should do that for a long time.....this generation's Gary Leeman.

Maybe though another team asked if they'd play him there to have a look?

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I think he'd be better suited as a forward because, frankly, he blows in his own end.

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Huge fan of this experiment, and I hope it pans out. I'm a big fan of White's offensive upside, but I think he's too much of a liability defensively on the blue line. If this works, we get rid of the log jam on defense, get stronger defensively, potentially add another offensive weapon, and avoid having to either demote Stralman to the Marlies or lose White for next to nothing.

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10-03-2008, 01:18 PM
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Just trying to pad his stats.

Most d=men struggle in the early goings converting, as it is natural for them to hold up at the blue line, instead of driving in, and defensively they end up in too deep. This type of conversion needs 15-20 games to get comfortable with, and waivers is in the cards for this to happen.

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Just trying to pad his stats.

Most d=men struggle in the early goings converting, as it is natural for them to hold up at the blue line, instead of driving in, and defensively they end up in too deep. This type of conversion needs 15-20 games to get comfortable with, and waivers is in the cards for this to happen.
I don't think White is the type to hold up at the blueline.

Actually, Carlo doesn't now ...

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He wouldn't do as good as Kaberle would... but it should be interesting.

Being an offensive defenceman does not make you a top six forward though. You'd be surprised how many Leaf fans can't wrap their heads around that concept.

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I may be one of the few people who likes White, and even I can see that he's not going to make this team on defense, so i'm definitely not against trying him out on the wing.

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He wouldn't do as good as Kaberle would... but it should be interesting.

Being an offensive defenceman does not make you a top six forward though. You'd be surprised how many Leaf fans can't wrap their heads around that concept.
Being a forward doesn't make you a top 6 forward. Heck, Leafs only have 1.

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