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12-10-2012, 10:14 PM
Where's the kaboom?
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And Gardiner did blow people away in his first chunk of games, which is why we were forced to keep him up. And it did come with a less than ideal situation, having to sit an NHL player in Franson.
He was also not sheltered defensively.
All of this is irrelevant anyway. Fact is, Smith did not make the NHL (and regardless of the endless reasons people try and give, he had the opportunity). His play in the league he did make, was not top-of-the-league prospect worthy.
I'm sorry, but the advanced stats say he
sheltered defensively. He may have played a lot of minutes, but he was put in a position to succeed. That he did so is certainly a feather in his cap, but playing a lot of minutes isn't the same as playing tough minutes. His puck moving ability, and his offensive game, is definitely noteworthy, but his defense still leaves a lot to be desired.
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