Forward has White stuff

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- This gig at forward is beginning to grow on diminutive 5-foot-10 Ian White.

Aside from the sizzling Matt Stajan, who suddenly finds himself leading the team in scoring, the hottest Maple Leaf is White, of all people, a kid who has played back on the blue line pretty much his entire career.

Since being thrown up front, White suddenly finds himself on a five-game points scoring streak, a run in which he has compiled two goals and three assists.

Not bad for a player who spent the first 11 games of the season as a healthy scratch. Judging by the fact he has registered at least one point in six of the seven games he has played, White obviously has pushed himself to make the most of his opportunity to be in the lineup.

All the while, he's really digging this stint on the wing. In fact, he wants to stay there.

"Oh yeah," White said. "It's been working so far. If it's not broken don't fix it, I say. We'll see what happens.

"I'm having a blast. I always wanted to have the chance to play up front and got the opportunity. It's a lot of fun."

White was asked if he had ever enjoyed a regular stint at forward.

"Never," he said.

Wait a minute. There was one other time, he recalled. It occurred during his days with the Swift Current Broncos.

"I played one shift up front in junior," he said. "That's the most of it."

How did he fare?

"The funny thing was, I scored on it, too. That was the only shift I scored on up front in any kind of big hockey game."

Until now.


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