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12-09-2010, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by jlsg View Post
He is the next Smithson. Their AHL numbers aren't that far off. Playing the kind of game that Spaling and Smithson play is a required commodity for any NHL team. I'd like to see the both of them with Tootoo as our 4th line. I don't see Spaling becoming much more then he is right now. He may be able to knock in a few more goals then Smithson, but not many.
I actually think Spaling has MUCH softer hands than Smithson. I am not sure Smithson could stick-handle around my mom. Spaling on the other hand, I think, shows SOME signs of being able to handle the puck in tight areas. While he may not see the game as well as most playmakers, I do think he can contribute 5-10+ more points than Smitty can in a given year.

(but I also don't think he will be as physical as Smitty is)

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