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07-14-2010, 10:27 AM
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Smithson does two things, decent at faceoffs and is a good penalty killer. Seeing that our PK was horrible last year the only thing he brings to the table is faceoffs. To me, that is a waste of a roster spot. His puck handling skills are average at best. There are younger guys in the system that play the same game he does with more offensive upside. I like his hustle but at the end of the day, we need 12 guys that can play on the ice and to have one trick ponies is not worthy of a roster spot.

Case in point, we basically traded Arnott for Lombardi. Arnott will probably score more than Lombardi but Lombardi can be used on both special teams and at even strength. At the end of the day, we need guys that can play multiple roles and get it done at both ends of the ice.

Just like Fiddler, I think Smithson has served his purpose here but there are more talented guys in the system that can do everything he does and then some.

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