Thread: Value of: Brendan Smith
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12-10-2012, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Sojourn View Post
I think it can. I think it comes down to responsibility, and what a player is given. Most of those stars you're talking about likely started on the lower end, but moved up quickly, and/or were given respectable minutes and special team opportunity. Honestly, I don't know enough about Detroit's situation to say one way or the other, but there is no doubt that on some blue lines 3rd pairing minutes can mean very different things.
Their 6th defenseman played 17 minutes per game. Smith would also likely be on a PP pairing, giving him more time.

On rare occasions, it might be better to leave a defenseman down in the AHL, but by Smith's age and situation, if you are not in the NHL, it is unlikely you become a high-impact player.

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