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Detroit's GM Ken Holland has a knack for finding players that have bounced around from team to team and "resurrecting" their careers in Detroit.
Ian White is no exception.
White has bounced around in the NHL among various teams since his five-year stint with Toronto. White played with Calgary, Carolina, and then San Jose before signing in Detroit this year.
He originally came in to Detroit to try and fill the big offensive shoes of the retired Brian Rafalski, but he brought a more fundamentally sound aspect to Detroit that Rafalski seemed to lack with his occasionally bad passing.
With less risk come less rewards, but White has provided that solid first pairing right-handed shot that Detroit needed, and he seems to be slightly stronger in his own zone than Rafalski was when it comes to muscling defenders off of the puck in front of the net.
White also proves to be a selfless player.
He has shown that he is not afraid to block shots, even with his face, to prevent goals.
Over the past two decade, Detroit has taken players who apparently had no permanent team, and made them into superstars.
Stories behind names like Kris Draper (dollar man), Kirk Maltby and Dan Cleary amongst others found homes in Detroit, and Ian White looks to have proven the same.
He may only have 13 points, but he is a plus-17, good for 3rd overall in the NHL.
In short, assuming White's play continues, he seems to have found a permanent home in Detroit.