Thread: Value of: Brendan Smith
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12-10-2012, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by JKsilverstick View Post
No, the advanced stats do not say he was sheltered, but this is not the point of this thread. That discussion has already been had plenty of times.

And let's falsely say he was. Still better to be "sheltered defensively" in the NHL and excel than to still be in the AHL 2 years older, and playing average.
You might want to look again. The advanced stats are pretty clear on this. The only thing you can dispute is really how much you should read into those stats.

The point is that a team like Detroit isn't going to want to shelter a young rookie. We're talking about a perennial playoff team. Why shelter a rookie, when you can just wait a season or two until you don't need to anymore? The situation was different in Toronto.

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