A couple of days ago I wrote a comment about the three players that Toronto had on the market—Ian White being among them.
I gave my opinion on the idea of trading these three players—Carlo Colaiacovo, Mark Bell, and White—and I suggested it may be a good idea to try White up-front.
White has some good moves, a good shot, and skates very well with quick feet.
If White proved to be an OK forward, it would be a great bonus for the Leafs. Now you have a forward as well as a "D"-man.
No, it will not be great, as far as his overall play is concerned, but who, as a coach, is looking for things to be great at this stage?
Let's not forget, Wendel Clark was drafted out of the WHL as a defenseman and the only time he played "D," was on the power play (sometimes).
Another "Star of the Past," Red Kelly, was a very fine blueliner in Detroit; he came to the Leafs and become a great forward.
So: Ian White as a forward great? No! Toronto with depth? Yes!
I did notice White played right wing against Detroit, another close one.