Craig Smith makes the Opening Night Roster
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09-13-2011, 01:18 PM
Join Date: Sep 2009
he is in the same boat as a few of our other rookies. He will need to have an exceptional camp to displace a veteran or a 2nd year forward. The nine game tryout rule doesn't apply to him since he would go to the ads, not junior. I wouldn't get too excited about what he is doing against other rookies, as he is playing against guys a couple years younger than him. he just tuned 22 on Sept 5.
Being said, does he have the talent to make the team? yes. for sure. At this point vs the rookies, guys like him, ellis, beck, etc, should be able to dominate younger, less physically mature players. I think a better gadge will be when camp opens and see how he looks against some of the NHL teams, esp. on the road where he will play against the nhl talent wheras at home he plays against other rookies and ahl talent.
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