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11-17-2012, 03:44 PM
TS Quint
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Originally Posted by WingedWheel1987 View Post
"What makes you think pushing Smith to the NHL last year playing half the amount of time makes him a better player? No proof in that."

Ummm common sense. Which is better, a top six with Smith having played his rookie season already or one where he is playing his rookie season? Learning to play against NHL forward's AND with Lidstrom would have given him knowledge/experience that the AHL could have never done.

Babcock said Smith was already ready for the NHL last year. There was nothing more Smith could have gained by playing in the AHL. It's just Kenny Holland doing his thing............
12 min/ game Vs. 25 min/game. Plus Smith getting used to playing a NHL type schedule rather than the College schedule. Most good players out of College start out strong and fizzle out after 40 games. He's ready now and not hurt at all by playing in the AHL.

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