Thread: Value of: Brendan Smith
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12-10-2012, 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Sojourn View Post
But it's still not the same. Players develop at different rates, and the individual player himself is not the only factor in the season they have. This still amounts to "Smith out-played younger, and less experienced players." and in the long-term, one college season is just not all that significant. These three players will be defined by their level of play in the NHL. Having a superior season in college doesn't equal a superior NHL player.
I get that I was just pointing out they also didn't hit his levels there either as they continued in their development. So to say they developed and then outperformed him would be inaccurate which was hinted at.

In any event Wings fans are going have to get used to this until Fehr and Bettman decide to stop the cold war. There are reasons we believe in Smith to a big level and it isn't just typical blind prospect faith. Detroit doesn't generally treat any of their kids to the level they have him. The only ones they have talked about like this that didn't pan out was Grigorenko who never really gave it a chance and had a horrible car accident. He also still manages to center the Radulov boys in Russia and has been a boarderline elite player in the KHL.

They don't miss on a lot of the guys they hype and they don't talk about them the way that Babcock and Holland do about Brendan Smith. Until we get real games beyond 14 impressive ones and years of good reviews at every level you can have this argument.

But we can tell you is why he hasn't broken in. That his value in terms of wanting to know what they Wings would want is still incredibly high. They offered every prospect of pretty much every value except Mrazek, Jarnkrok and Smith. It speaks to what the organization thinks of these three. They are not selling them, not even for talents like Rick Nash. That is the answer to this threads question.

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