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09-02-2009, 11:37 PM
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Originally Posted by le_sean View Post
Jason Smith was not very effective his last few seasons but in his prime as an Oiler he was a joy to watch. A lot of heart and determination, he really embodied what Canadian hockey is seen as.
There aren't many guys in the league like Smith was in his prime. Regehr comes to mind. However, I'd probably take Smith in his prime over Regehr now. Some will argue against me but I don't care. He was still at the top of his game the year the Oilers went to the Finals. People forget that Pronger was given the job of shutting down Thornton and Smith had Cheechoo. Sharks went up 2-0 in the series. After that they switched and Smith had Thornton...he looked useless the rest of the series and the Oilers won 4 straight.

He was a shot blocking machine.

Last season: 25th in NHL
2007-08: 3rd in NHL
2006-07: 2nd in NHL
2005-06: 7th in NHL

Off Topic: I don't know if these stats are right it sure seems like shot blocking has increased dramatically. In 2002-03 Willie Mitchell lead the league in blocked shots with 65. Last season Zbynek Michalek lead the league with 271 blocks....Rafalski had 64 and was ranked 161.

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