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08-05-2012, 12:12 PM
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Too bad Smith isn't a center with excellent faceoff skills otherwise I'd say his potential was Stu Barnes late in his career. Even though he was never the most important player on the team, Stu Barnes is still one of my all time favorite Dallas Stars.

I think Smith, who did learn good defensive hockey in the ECAC, could be a very good Bottom 6 contributor if he reaches his potential.

His speed could make him an excellent scoring threat on the PK, and like Barnes, I imagine Smith could score the occasional, supremely important goal.

Smith isn't going to crack my Top 20 just yet, but he's a nice prospect. Only 6 more guys make the list ... this is definitely the toughest year. After Vance and Molin for me, you still have Dallas' new 2nd rounders who are impressive, Gemel Smith is a guy that I think will win the hearts of Stars fans, and you've got solid defensive options in Klingberg, Jokipakka, Lindell, and Sinitsyn. That's a tough group to pick only 4 names.

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