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08-02-2012, 01:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Captain Awesome View Post
I keep looking at this list and wondering when Austin Smith will get picked. I haven't picked him yet and I understand why he's this low, but I'm surprised no one is excited enough to pick him at this point. I'm not sure what else he could have done to garner more hype, just wanted to get some thoughts from everyone as to why you think he isn't going higher on this list.
You can lump me in with the Hobey Baker voters that were concerned about his level of competition in the ECAC. His goal totals were impressive, but he's just not facing the quality competition like the WCHA, CCHA, or Hockey East provides.

For me it's very much let's wait and see what he does in the AHL. Guys like Alex Chiasson (Hockey East), Reilly Smith (CCHA), and Alex Guptill (CCHA) were dominating power house hockey conferences. Their smaller offensive totals are much more impressive based on their conferences IMO. In football terms, the ECAC is sort of like Conference USA or Mountain West.

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