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03-14-2012, 09:48 AM
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You do not know why Smith doesn't take more faceoffs. It could be because the lineup fits better with him as a winger or because his defense is not up to par so it would be more logical to have him at a wing spot where the defensive responsibility is less. Fact is with the percentages he could have the same face off percentage as Spaling with the same amount of chances.
lets do a little math..
Spaling 51.6% x 772 = 398/772
Smith 44.8% x 346 = 155/346
so you are saying that smith would suddenly go from 44% to a consistent 57% winner in his next 426 faceoffs???
just be honest.... Spaling has the skillset needed to be a 3rd/4th line center.
Smith is better suited to a "scoring" line, especially if he's going to play center.
the problem is Smith is not better than Legwand, Fisher, Erat, the Kostitsyn brothers, or Wilson, so he doesnt have a slot on the type of line he's most suited for, right now...
as such, that will aftect his playing time
its nothing to be upset about... he's a rookie... as he gets better, he will get more time on the higher lines...
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