Valtteri Filppula our future 1st line Center?
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11-17-2012, 02:50 PM
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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.
He was ready last year. He got hurt by losing a year of NHL development. He played 63 game's in the AHL the previous year. Now he is going to start his rookie year with MAYBE two weeks of training camp thanks to the lockout and be forced to log a lot more minute's thanks to the Wings awful defense.
It was the wrong decision to play Smith in the AHL last year. I suspect Holland didn't suspect for one minute that Lidstrom was actually going to retire. It make's it easier to understand why this off season was so abysmal.
The "kid" is almost 24.
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