Thread: Value of: Brendan Smith
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12-11-2012, 07:56 AM
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Originally Posted by J StClair28 View Post
Defenders take longer to develop, and Detroit has been known for taking time to develop their prospects the right way. Using his lack of NHL experience thus far as an argument for why he isn't good is a terribly uneducated thing to do. He played in the show at the end of last year, and if there wasn't a lockout right now, you can bet he'd be playing there now. This kid's gonna be good, I have no doubt.
You're spot on. Here, everyone is assuming that Ken Holland has the same mentality as Burke in regards to developping young players. Other than Kronwall, there hasn't been a defender this highly touted in the Red Wings' system for a while. Just like Kronwall, he's being seasoned ; Kronwall had 4 years in the SEL, then two year in the AHL ( he split time in the AHL (25 games) and the NHL (20 games), then one full year in the AHL, where he won the AHL D of the year (IIRC).

Smith played 3 years in college (Wisconsin), one full year in the AHL, the one year where he split time in the AHL / NHL, then this year, where he was supposed to play full-time minutes.

Bottom line, Smith is following the Kronwall line of development, he'll be ready when this god-awful lockout ends. Short of a full-time #1 or 2 D who's under 25, he won't be moved.

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