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02-08-2010, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by FabricDetails View Post
Defensively though, would it be too soon for Smith to play in the AHL? I wouldn't want him to get overwhelmed with minuses and lose confidence.
That's certainly a possibility, but I don't think so. Even though he still struggles defensively, I think going to GR will advance his development more than a 4th year in the NCAA. Even though there will be bumps, I think he's talented enough to step into the AHL next season and start learning the craft there. That's my outlook. The Wings know better, and if they send him back to Wisconsin, I won't be disappointed, but I will be a little surprised.

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