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10-23-2012, 04:43 PM
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I just thought of this, and I honestly do hate to keep piling on because I like Austin Smith .... but this guy's life isn't going to get any easier.

Next year you have at least two more high profile prospects turning pro in Brett Ritchie and Matej Stransky. Alex Chiasson and R. Smith grabbed their opportunities to shine and performed well. The same just can't be said for Austin Smith at this time, and he really could be in danger of getting overtaken by younger and arguably better pro prospects.

Plus, I don't think you should overlook the fact the CHL and AHL agreement was only extended one year, and you have high profile GMs pushing to allow 19 year old draft picks into the AHL. There is a realistic possibility IMO that Faksa could be a Texas Star next season. Depending on how Winther performs this year .... he could have a chance as well if the rules change.

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