Thread: Prospect Info: Grand Rapids Griffins 2012-13
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12-10-2012, 11:17 PM
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Originally Posted by FissionFire View Post
Isn't Billins basically the PP trigger now? That alone will make Smith's numbers drop. Smith really seems to be the Lidstrom of the Griffins now, playing the defense-first type of role for his more offensive partner. Lidstrom/Schneider, Lidstrom/Murphy, Lidstrom/Rafalski. Now it's Smith/Almqvist, Smith/Billins, Smith/Paetsch. I don't think Smith has spent any time as all really with anyone who could be called an above adequate AHL-level defensive partner. Stick him with Evans and I imagine he'd be focusing much more on offense.
Yuck, I hate this idea because I would like to stick Evans in the press box. Interestingly though I thought a couple of his best games came when Paetsch was out and he played with Nicastro. So I like it but Nicastro was really the only guy I liked watching him with. Lashoff and Almqvist seem to be getting along great so not many options. Watching Evans play top minutes would make me want to puke.

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